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

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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Synonyms for whit


beans, bubkes (also bupkes), continental, damn, darn (also durn), diddly [slang], diddly-squat [slang], doodley-squat (or doodly-squat), fig, ghost, hoot, iota, jot, lick, modicum, rap, squat [slang], syllable, tittle, whoop

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Examples of whit in a Sentence

I care not a whit about what other people think.

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The gentle teasing of their peers — kids made popular by beauty, athletic feats or general coolness — bothers them not one whit. Mary Mcnamara, latimes.com, "‘Booksmart,’ ‘Euphoria’ and why we can’t stop going back to high school," 12 June 2019 Its largely fabricated, hit-or-miss story leaves something to be desired, but, at the same time, there's so much else to recommend the film that its lack of sterling storytelling doesn't matter a whit. Mike Scott, nola.com, "‘All Is True’ movie review: The year’s first real Oscar threat?," 7 June 2019 Without a whit of cumbersome scenery or signaling, the play slips from the 21st century into 1844, when a young German Jew arrives in the harbor of New York City. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 This doesn’t detract a whit from its heart-breaking poignancy and the storm of emotions that leaves half the audience sobbing by the final scenes. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 The primary in Vice President Mike Pence's home state has turned personal largely because there's hardly a whit of policy difference among the three GOP candidates — Reps. NBC News, "GOP candidates' circular firing squad ahead of Indiana Senate primary," 30 Apr. 2018 Third: neither Roseman nor Pederson cared a whit about their supposedly tenuous futures. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Eagles' Howie Roseman made draft moves that should pay off like 2017's did | Marcus Hayes," 29 Apr. 2018 But if the scandals keep building, if Pruitt stays on the TV, all his loyal and effective service to the tribe won’t matter a whit to Trump, who may well have a dyspeptic moment watching Fox & Friends and fire him via tweet. David Roberts, Vox, "Tribalism put Scott Pruitt in power. It may not be enough to save him.," 7 Apr. 2018 What reporters think and feel matters not one whit. Eric Adler, kansascity, "How we found our stories of child marriage | The Kansas City Star," 11 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of whit

informal + old-fashioned : a very small amount


\ 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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to make a temporary encampment

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