whit

noun
\ 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 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 Business leaders who have one whit of sense about them know better. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Dumb protesters in Frankfort don't care if you die, you're messing with their money," 16 Apr. 2020 But Hernández’s location at the precise moment the bullet landed should not matter one whit. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Rules for U.S. Agent Who Shot Mexican Teenager," 25 Feb. 2020 Germany, caring not a whit about all that, is merrily building itself a second gas pipeline to Russia, circumventing the eastern EU. Washington Post, "A European Army? It’ll Never Happen.," 2 Dec. 2019 Today's driver-assistance systems don't care one whit about the tires, which is a mistake, Bridgestone says. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Bridgestone Rolls Out a Connected Tire Concept Claimed to Make You Safer," 8 Jan. 2020 One of the original film's greatest strengths was that Harrelson, Eisenberg, Stone, and Breslin all had such great on-screen chemistry, and the past decade hasn't diminished that one whit. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Zombieland: Double Tap delivers wise-cracking, brain-splattering fun," 18 Oct. 2019 But Phoenix is amazing, pouring himself into this desiccated lost soul without a whit of vanity, charting a self-pity that gives way to homicidal rage as Arthur loses all hope and finds power through the barrel of a gun. BostonGlobe.com, "At Toronto International Film Festival, the guys are getting in gear - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 Your children will not care one whit about your one-in-a-billion love affair. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: They are convinced their love is one in a billion -- but they aren’t sure if they can be together," 29 May 2019

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Whit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whit. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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whit

noun
How to pronounce whit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of whit

informal + old-fashioned : a very small amount

whit

noun
\ ˈhwit How to pronounce whit (audio) , ˈwit \

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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