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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 be or become aware of; learn.
  18. Sudden and ingenious association of ideas or words, causing surprize and merriment.
  19. A witty person; formerly, a person of learning or genius.
  20. The reasoning power or faculty; sense.
  21. 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.
  22. To know; used only in the infinitive, to wit, that is, to say.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.

Usage examples for wit

  1. 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
  2. Wit is something, but not everything. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  3. 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
  4. And men wit well, that men dwell there, but they know not what men. – The-Travels-of-Sir-John-Mandeville by Mandeville, John, Sir
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Marguerite's wit arranged for his escape. – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  9. Of imagination, in this sense, wit and humour are a vital part. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  10. Do forgive the cheap wit. – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  11. 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
  12. He has not wit enough. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 100, 11. esprit Gaulois- old French wit. – The Martian by George Du Maurier
  16. He looked like a gentleman, and talked like a wit. – Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories by Ouida
  17. This Haljan has no wit. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
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