mother wit


Definition of mother wit

: natural wit or intelligence

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Recent Examples on the Web But their ingenuity, mother wit and good common sense made them masters in their profession without the aid of measuring spoons and cups, modern equipment or science. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mother wit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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