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
The Dirty Birds have just the kind of defense to match wits with L.A., and more specifically, Todd Gurley.
As long as there have been pageants, women have been competing on stage for various prizes using their talents, their wits, and yes — their looks.
Groups of 2-8 have one hour to use their wits and the elements to escape a themed room.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, wisdom, and as a loving husband and father.
Karrueche Tran is a model and Claws actress who has kept 7.3 million Instagram followers hooked with her wit and flawless skin.
Her wit remained as quick as the whack from her cane for those sitting in the pew reserved for ushers.
When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.
His visits to my boyhood home occurred on Saturday nights, and his sole purpose was to scare the wits out of my siblings and me.
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Origin and Etymology of wit
Synonymscard, comedian, comic, droll, farceur, funnyman, gagger, gagman, gagster, jester, joker, jokester, wag, humorist
Related Wordscomedienne, entertainer; banterer, cutup, kidder, knockabout, practical joker, prankster, quipper, quipster, teaser, wisecracker; buffoon, clown, fool, harlequin, zany; caricaturist, lampooner, parodist, satirist
Near Antonymsshortsightedness; brainlessness, foolishness, half-wittedness, idiocy, senselessness, stupidity; carelessness, heedlessness; unreasonableness
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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