quick–witted

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adjective quick–wit·ted \ˈkwik-ˈwi-təd\

Definition of quick–witted

  1. :  quick in perception and understanding :  mentally alert

quick–wittedly

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quick–wittedness

noun

First Known Use of quick–witted

1530

Synonym Discussion of quick–witted

intelligent, clever, alert, quick-witted mean mentally keen or quick. intelligent stresses success in coping with new situations and solving problems. an intelligent person could assemble it fast clever implies native ability or aptness and sometimes suggests a lack of more substantial qualities. clever with words alert stresses quickness in perceiving and understanding. alert to new technology quick-witted implies promptness in finding answers in debate or in devising expedients in moments of danger or challenge. no match for his quick-witted opponent

QUICK–WITTED Defined for English Language Learners

quick-witted

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Definition of quick–witted for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing the ability to think and understand things quickly


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