- to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
- Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
Origin of outwit
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1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse.
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Examples from the Web for outwit
Will a sage coach like John Calipari be able to outwit a relative newcomer in Kevin Ollie, he of a mere two seasons on the job?Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’?
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Doris Lessing invented Jane Somers to outwit indifferent publishers.The Real Story of "O"
January 23, 2011
Or, in “Trial by Cunt,” three sisters fight for the same man by trying to outwit each other in reply to a Jeopardy!Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales
June 13, 2013
How it swells my pride, to have been able to outwit such a vigilant charmer!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
And there for a while they sat discussing plans to outwit the enemy and draw his sting.The Vagrant Duke
To outwit them was his first thought, but he must defeat their ends if it cost him his life.The Golden Woman
A mere chit of a girl should not outwit him in that fashion.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
To outwit these enemies both of the Laniers and her husband must disappear.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
- archaic to be of greater intelligence than
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Word Origin and History for outwit
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