Definitions of wit

  1. To know; used only in the infinitive, to wit, that is, to say.
  2. To be or become aware of; learn.
  3. ( B.) To know.
  4. Mind; intellect; understanding; sense.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. mental ability; " he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"
  10. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  11. a witty amusing person who makes jokes
  12. To know; to learn.
  13. ing ( p. pr. & vb. n.) of
  14. 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.
  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. Sudden and ingenious association of ideas or words, causing surprize and merriment.
  18. A witty person; formerly, a person of learning or genius.
  19. The reasoning power or faculty; sense.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.