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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.
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Usage examples for wit

  1. He looked like a gentleman, and talked like a wit. – Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories by Ouida
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Of imagination, in this sense, wit and humour are a vital part. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  8. 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
  9. He has not wit enough. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  10. Marguerite's wit arranged for his escape. – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  11. This Haljan has no wit. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  12. Do forgive the cheap wit. – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  13. You'll make a wit yet." – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  14. 100, 11. esprit Gaulois- old French wit. – The Martian by George Du Maurier
  15. 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
  16. Wit is something, but not everything. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  17. And men wit well, that men dwell there, but they know not what men. – The-Travels-of-Sir-John-Mandeville by Mandeville, John, Sir
  18. 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
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