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
Sophie is blessed with Ben’s sports enthusiasm and quick wit.
Jason Bullock had the kind of effervescence and quick wit that would leave strangers in the grocery store laughing.
Here, starting in 1919, a group of working writers and wits including Dorothy Parker and Harold Ross gathered regularly to eat lunch, swap writing-life war stories, and, well, be witty.
These aren’t your average short bouts of wit or flowery navel gazing that clutter social media.
In a spirit of rebellion and wit, feminists have drafted new copy for a sexist children’s book and turned a presidential candidate’s demeaning remarks into an elegant deck of (woman) cards.
Claire feels badly about her role in making money off the animals, and now works wit the Dinosaur Protection Group to try to save them.
The Nashville resident, who has served in leadership positions for churches from Tennessee to Colorado, uses wit and sarcasm to relate to her audience.
LeBron looked to be at wit's end by the second half of Game 4, broken by another of the Warriors' third-quarter eruptions.
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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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