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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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  • What made her smile was the idea of outwitting that spy of a Justin.

  • She was quite capable of outwitting him if she could only get a clue to this.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • He is not nearly so smart as Lightfoot in outwitting hunters.

  • But there was zest in this outwitting of men who would have defrauded the settlers if they could.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Little dreamt they why he was treating them to the spectacle, or how cleverly he was outwitting them.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • How she had played with him, tricking him, fooling him, outwitting him—and yet loving him.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • Over and over in his mind he turned schemes for outwitting the boss.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • But presently it becomes clear that the outwitting is on the other side.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • When the hounds are on his trail the rabbit saves his legs by outwitting his pursuers.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for outwitting


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 outwitting



"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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