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definition of the word wit

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From Old English witt, from Proto-Germanic *witjannn from Proto-Indo-European *weid-, wid- (see, know). Cognate with Danish vid, Dutch weet, Gothic 𐌿𐌽𐍅𐌹𐍄𐌹 (ignorance), Old High German (wizzi or wizza) (German Witz), Latin videō (see), Old Norse (vit) and Swedish vett. Compare wise.



wit (plural wits)

  1. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) (now usually in plural) One's mind or sense; sanity.
    Have you completely lost your wits?
  2. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) (archaic) Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.
    Where she has gone to is beyond the wit of man to say.
  3. The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially wittiness.
    My father had a quick wit and a steady hand.
  4. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) (obsolete except in set phrases) Intelligence; common sense.
    The opportunity was right in front of you, and you didn't even have the wit to take it!
  5. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) Spoken humour, especially when clever or quick.
    The best man's speech was hilarious, full of wit and charm.
  6. (rare, colloquial) A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.
    Your friend is quite a wit, isn't he?

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