Origin and Etymology of wit
Definition of wit
- alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits
- —Alfred Tennyson
Examples of wit in a Sentence
She is full of wit and vivacity.
His latest book doesn't have the same wit as his earlier books.
The book is a collection of his wit and wisdom.
She was a famous writer and wit.
Recent Examples of wit from the Web
By using his own words against him, protesters employ a repertoire of wit honed during 2013.
And coming from de Havilland, that choice description would have a degree of wit.
From the Magazine The USA Network show that launched Markle’s career is an unpretentious tournament of wit and cunning.
There is also his affecting and oh-so-recognizable account of his own conversion to Catholicism, and the usual flashes of dry wit and winsome wisdom.
Known for her wit and fortitude, Bush spent her final years with her husband in their homes Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine.
The gorgeous screenplay includes a number of ongoing debates — between Margaret and Henry over money and compassion, between Margaret and Helen over the Wilcoxes and compromising in love — that yield all kinds of wit and insight.
Known for his quick wit and brilliant mind, Orr left his mark on policies and legislation crafted in Hartford.
With his talented arm and edgy wit, Rosen had drawn some casual comparisons to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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Synonym Discussion of wit
- a playful wit
- a sense of humor
- the irony of the title
- given to heartless sarcasm
- a satire on the Congress
- a dinner guest noted for repartee
WIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wit for English Language Learners
: an ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny
: a person who is known for making clever and funny remarks
wits : the ability to think or reason
WIT Defined for Kids
Definition of wit for Students
- He scared me out of my wits.
- He had the wit to leave.
- The chess player matched wits with a computer.
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