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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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  • They can be unfettered opportunists, with nothing to think of but outwitting the enemy and saving their property and their skins.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • He is not nearly so smart as Lightfoot in outwitting hunters.

  • I must ask this help from you, in order to succeed, if humanly possible, in outwitting the infamous work of a gang of traitors.

    Petticoat Rule Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • 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
  • He had a habit of stratagem, a pleasure in outwitting all who came near him.

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

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • Then she told the story of Flora Lockhart, and disclosed a plan for outwitting the skipper that had just come to her mind.

    The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • How she had played with him, tricking him, fooling him, outwitting him—and yet loving him.

    The Rider of Waroona Firth Scott
  • If the sun were in the sky there would be ground for their hope of outwitting him.

    Blazing Arrow Edward S. Ellis
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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