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Definitions of wit

  1. mental ability; "he's got plenty of brains but no common sense" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (informal) a witty amusing person who makes jokes Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a witty amusing person who makes jokes Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. of Wit Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To know; to learn. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Mind; intellect; understanding; sense. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. ing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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) Medical Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. (B.) To know. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Intelligence; faculty of combining ideas so as to produce a striking or amusing effect; the exercise of this faculty; one who has wit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To wit, namely; that is to say. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To be or become aware of; learn. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Sudden and ingenious association of ideas or words, causing surprize and merriment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A witty person; formerly, a person of learning or genius. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. The reasoning power or faculty; sense. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To know; used only in the infinitive, to wit, that is, to say. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. To know; to learn; to be informed. Used only in the infinitive, to-cit, whichterm is equivalent to "that is to say," "namely," or "videlicet." thelawdictionary.org
  27. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  28. 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. dictgcide_fs
  29. wit, v.i. to know:--pr.t. 1st pers. sing. WOT; 2d, WOST (erroneously WOT'TEST); 3d, WOT (erroneously WOT'TETH):--pl. 1st, 2d, 3d, WOT; pa.t. WIST (erroneously WOT'TED); pr.p. WIT'TING, WEET'ING (erroneously WOT'TING); pa.p. WIST.--TO DO TO WIT, to cause to know; TO WIT, that is to say--the A.S. gerund tó witanne. [A.S. witan, to know (pr.t. ic wát, þu wást, he wát, pl. witon; pa.t. wiste--also wisse, pl. wiston, pa.p. wist); Goth. witan, Ger. wissen; cf. L. vid[=e]re, Gr. idein.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  30. wit, n. understanding: a mental faculty (chiefly in pl.): the power of combining ideas with a ludicrous effect, the result of this power: ingenuity: (rare) imagination: (obs.) information.--adj. WIT'LESS, wanting wit or understanding: thoughtless.--adv. WIT'LESSLY.--ns. WIT'LESSNESS; WIT'LING, one who has little wit: a pretender to wit; WIT'-MONG'ER, a poor would-be wit; WIT'-SNAP'PER (Shak.), one who affects wit or repartee.--adj. WIT'TED, having wit or understanding.--n. WITTICISM (wit'i-sizm), a witty remark: a sentence or phrase affectedly witty.--adv. WIT'TILY.--n. WIT'TINESS.--adv. WIT'TINGLY, knowingly: by design.--adj. WIT'TY, possessed of wit: amusing: droll: sarcastic: (B.) ingenious: (Shak.) wise, discreet.--v.i. WIT'WANTON, to indulge in irreverent wit.--AT ONE'S WITS' END, utterly perplexed; LIVE BY ONE'S WITS, to live in a haphazard manner by any shift; THE FIVE WITS, the five senses. [A.S. wit, from the verb above.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  31. wit, n. a person of understanding or judgment, esp. a person who has a keen perception of the ludicrous and can express it neatly. [Perh. a use of the preceding word; others trace through A.S. wita, gewita, a counsellor--witan, to know.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. (archaic; pres. I, he, wot, thou wottest; past wist; inf. wit; part. witting; other parts not used). Know (God wot, knows; I wot, know well; to w., that is to say, namely; witting, not unconscious or unintentional, whence wittingly adv.). [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. (Sing. or pl.) intelligence, understanding, (has not the w., the ww., w. enough, to see; remedy is past the w. of man to devise; out of one\'s ww., mad, distracted; has his ww. about him, is observant or of lively intelligence; has quick, slow, &c., ww., a nimble w., whence -witted a.; at one\'s w.\'s end, utterly at a loss; live by one\'s ww., by ingenious hand-to-mouth shifts; the five ww. archaic, the senses or the mind), whence witless a., witlessly adv., witlessness n.; (power of giving sudden intellectual pleasure by) unexpected combining or contrasting of previously unconnected ideas or expressions (possessed of both w. & HUMOUR; pages sparkling with w.), whence witty a., wittily adv., wittiness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. Wise man (archaic); witty person (see prec.), person who talks wittily, whence witling n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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