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Definitions of wit

  1. mental ability; " he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"
  2. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  3. ( informal) a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  4. a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  5. of Wit
  6. To know; to learn.
  7. Mind; intellect; understanding; sense.
  8. Felicitous association of objects not usually connected, so as to produce a pleasant surprise; also. the power of readily combining objects in such a manner.
  9. A person of eminent sense or knowledge; a man of genius, fancy, or humor; one distinguished for bright or amusing sayings, for repartee, and the like.
  10. ing ( p. pr. & vb. n.) of
  11. A mental faculty, or power of the mind; - used in this sense chiefly in the plural, and in certain phrases; as, to lose one's wits; at one's wits' end, and the like.
  12. The faculty of expressing the amusing, clever, or comical or the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure. ( From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)
  13. Mind; sense; knowledge; mental faculty or power; the power of combining ideas or words so as to produce a laughable effect; mental quickness; one who possesses power to make others laugh.
  14. ( B.) To know.
  15. Understanding ( so in B.): a mental faculty ( chiefly in pl.): the power of combining ideas with a ludicrous effect: the result of this power: one who has wit.
  16. Intelligence; faculty of combining ideas so as to produce a striking or amusing effect; the exercise of this faculty; one who has wit.
  17. To wit, namely; that is to say.
  18. To be or become aware of; learn.
  19. Sudden and ingenious association of ideas or words, causing surprize and merriment.
  20. A witty person; formerly, a person of learning or genius.
  21. The reasoning power or faculty; sense.
  22. Originally, intellect; the understanding or mental powers; the association of ideas in a manner natural, but unusual and striking, so as to produce surprise joined with pleasure; the faculty of, or a turn for, associating ideas in this manner; a man of genius; sense; judgment; a man given to witty remark; power of invention; faculty of the mind; soundness of mind or judgment.
  23. To know; used only in the infinitive, to wit, that is, to say.
  24. To be informed; to be known; used now only in the phrase to wit, signifying " namely," " that is to say"; also in a few compounds, as outwit.
  25. The power or faculty of knowing; understanding; intellect; the power of associating ideas in a manner new and unexpected, and so connected as to produce pleasant surprise; a man who excels in giving expression to unusual and striking ideas in such a manner as to create amusement or pleasant surprise; sound mind; ingenuity.
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Quotes of wit

  1. Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him. – Minna Antrim
  2. It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues. – Jean de la Bruyere
  3. Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners. – Colley Cibber
  4. And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it. – John Donne
  5. Silence is the wit of fools. – Anatole France
  6. The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit – W. Somerset Maugham
  7. And the people who live in the southern part of my state do not have a secure environment. To wit there are signs that the government put up that say, 'Warning. You are in a drug smuggling area and a human smuggling area.' – John McCain
  8. Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude. – Frank Muir
  9. Mystery writers' conventions are usually good, and this one has been excellent and extremely well prepared and thought out in advance. A lot of people have given their time and their skill, and a good deal of wit and Anchorage has made us extraordinarily welcome. – Anne Perry
  10. Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child. – Alexander Pope
  11. Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. – Emily Post
  12. Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  13. Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit at the expense of one's better nature. – Charles de Secondat
  14. For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things. – Sophocles
  15. The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit – William Temple

Usage examples for wit

  1. Ye shall wit when ye come there, said the good man. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  2. But what is thy name I would wit – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  3. While his strength made him popular with the hard working men, his good nature, wit stories, and ability to make a good speech made him popular with everybody! – Boys' and Girls' Biography of Abraham Lincoln by James H. Shaw
  4. He has not wit enough. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  5. He looked like a gentleman, and talked like a wit – Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories by Ouida
  6. She has an excellent fancy, sure, and a great wit but, I am sorry to tell it you, they say 'tis the most ill- favoured creature that ever was born. – The-Love-Letters-of-Dorothy-Osborne-to-Sir-William-Temple-1652-54 by Osborne, Dorothy
  7. Do forgive the cheap wit – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  8. His assurance, and, it must be owned, his ready wit helped him in coming to the front. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. Wit is something, but not everything. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  10. Of imagination, in this sense, wit and humour are a vital part. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  11. By Wit of Women. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  12. This Haljan has no wit – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  13. You'll make a wit yet." – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  14. Marguerite's wit arranged for his escape. – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  15. I am down under the table doing the work while the brain is enjoying the wit and gaiety. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  16. And men wit well, that men dwell there, but they know not what men. – The-Travels-of-Sir-John-Mandeville by Mandeville, John, Sir
  17. I kept them laughing the whole time, and was quite surprised at my own wit – The Heart of Una Sackville by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  18. He has no wit but he looks like a gentleman, and I dare say as husbands go he is suitable. – Red Hair by Elinor Glyn
  19. But in the morning let us go to the assembly, that I may declare my purpose, to wit that ye leave this hall, and eat your own substance. – The Story Of The Odyssey by The Rev. Alfred J. Church
  20. 100, 11. esprit Gaulois- old French wit – The Martian by George Du Maurier

Rhymes for wit

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