- having a nimble, alert mind.
Origin of quick-witted
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keen, perceptive, smart, clever, sharp.
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Examples from the Web for quick-witted
Even the most quick-witted cops and the most skillful surgeons could not have saved him.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life
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Quick-witted, sharp-tongued, and flirtatious, Anne drew a coterie of men to her, and each would lose his head for her.Why Does Anne Boleyn Obsess Us?
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Quick-witted and cunning, Tyrion might just be the most dangerous man in the Seven Kingdoms, fathoms ahead of everyone.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Review: Majesty, Mystery, and Terror Reign Supreme
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What, after all, had a farm to offer a quick-witted man or woman?Changing Winds
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The people, he had heard, were quick-witted; he must therefore out-manoeuvre them.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
All these his quick-witted ingenuity pictured at once before him.Lord Kilgobbin
They are docile, cleanly, quick-witted, and respectful to humbleness.
She was quick-witted, she had lived long in the house and knew it.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
- having a keenly alert mind, esp as used to avert danger, make effective reply, etc
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