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[out-wit] /ˌaʊtˈwɪt/
verb (used with object), outwitted, outwitting.
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
First recorded in 1645-55; out- + wit1
1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for outwitted
Historical Examples
  • 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 Alice Brown
  • 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 Hall Caine
  • Marzak tightened his lips, realizing how completely he had been outwitted.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The poison story had been a gag to make him think he had outwitted Domber.

  • He must go to Kasia Vard and confess that he had been outwitted.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Sharp as Mr. Bobolink was, we knew all his tricks, and had outwitted him often.

  • He saw that they had literally obeyed his orders, and that he had been outwitted.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
British Dictionary definitions for outwitted


verb (transitive) -wits, -witting, -witted
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



"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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