- 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 outwitted
There had been a conspiracy against him; he was outwitted, robbed, befooled.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Dorcas watched her, annoyed, and yet quite helpless; she was outwitted, and she knew it.Meadow Grass
We trusted the sheriff last night, and he outwitted us; we must not trust him again.
And yet he was aware that she had outwitted him and gained his secret.
He saw that he was outwitted, that he was helpless, that he was even in personal danger.The Manxman
- 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 outwitted
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