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[red-ee-wit-id] /ˈrɛd iˈwɪt ɪd/
having a quick wit or intelligence.
Origin of ready-witted
First recorded in 1575-85
Related forms
ready-wittedly, adverb
ready-wittedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ready-witted
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  • She was ready-witted too, prompt in action, gifted with a certain fire.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • The ready-witted Elia often took the creature out with him when walking at Enfield.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • Poor, underfed and oversmart children; ready-witted and half-witted.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • "We've been married seven years, Olly," said the quick-eared and ready-witted Arthur.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • These were supposed to show how popular and how ready-witted he was.

    Mary Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • But he was beautiful to look at, ready-witted, and intelligent.

    The Way We Live Now

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was cruelly assured of the fact by the hostile and ready-witted whistler.

    Aladdin O'Brien Gouverneur Morris
  • He was usually a ready-witted man, but now he found himself stammering almost incoherently.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • He could not have foreseen that the ready-witted Lola was there, nor that she should have so ingeniously given the alarm.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Barney was shrewd and ready-witted, while Hans, for all of his speech and his blundering ways, was much brighter than he appeared.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

    Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for ready-witted


quick to learn or perceive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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