\ ˈ(h)wit How to pronounce whit (audio) \

Definition of whit

: the smallest part or particle imaginable : bit what some people will do for a whit of publicity— Patrick Quinn

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Examples of whit in a Sentence

I care not a whit about what other people think.
Recent Examples on the Web These folks have been sweetening lives here since the early 1950s, and the taffy recipe hasn't changed a whit. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "Plan Your Best Vacation Ever," 9 Mar. 2021 Many folk, less deserving than Stoppard, and with scarcely a whit of his charm, are greeted with godsends. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Tom Stoppard’s Charmed and Haunted Life," 22 Feb. 2021 In all those years, neither one of us ever met a Social Security recipient or a potential beneficiary who worried one little whit about getting the most out of his or her monthly benefits. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Don’t lose sleep: Seniors obsess over ‘maximizing’ their Social Security," 21 Feb. 2021 The man is a complete dolt who is pathologically incurious about the world and does not care a whit about anyone but himself, and his brand of shameless, emboldened stupidity has conquered the Republican Party. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Trump's jaw-dropping vaccine screwup," 8 Dec. 2020 Bubba loves her deeply, admires her just as much, and understands her not a whit. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | JOHN BRUMMETT: Bubba breaks it down," 15 Nov. 2020 Not one whit, because Inception is first and foremost top-notch entertainment. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Can’t watch Tenet? Now is the perfect time to revisit Inception," 7 Sep. 2020 This virus doesn’t care a whit about my politics or my religion. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Respect, don’t fear, COVID-19 (5/27/20)," 27 May 2020 The state has been built on promises of an eternal present, on blithe and deliberate disregard for the past so as not to have to learn from it—on a refusal to give a single naked whit about the future. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "The Dark Soul of the Sunshine State," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of whit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whit

Middle English, probably alteration of wiht, wight creature, thing — more at wight

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The first known use of whit was in the 15th century

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12 Mar 2021

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“Whit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whit. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whit

informal + old-fashioned : a very small amount


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Kids Definition of whit

: a very small amount That tree hadn't grown one whit in all that time.— Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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