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[shahrp-wit-id] /ˈʃɑrpˈwɪt ɪd/
having or showing mental acuity; intellectually discerning; acute.
Origin of sharp-witted
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
sharp-wittedly, adverb
sharp-wittedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sharp-witted
Historical Examples
  • But there's no need to glare at us like that, my sharp-witted wench.

  • There were once three brothers, of whom two were sharp-witted, but the third was a fool.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • The girl was sharp-witted—what girl is not so in all affairs of the heart?

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • Yet it serves to show the close observation of these sharp-witted fellows.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • And you do not yet know how to bargain with these sharp-witted Chinos (Chinese)?

  • In regard to other things he was sharp-witted above his fellows.

    Erling the Bold R.M. Ballantyne
  • The terms appear to be shortenings for sharp-witted and flat-witted.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The term appears to be shortenings for sharp-witted and flat-witted.

  • No wit like a woman's wit, and Dame Gives is as sharp-witted as any of her sex.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • sharp-witted Bessie for once was at a loss to know what to do.

    The Little Missis Charlotte Skinner
British Dictionary definitions for sharp-witted


having or showing a keen intelligence; perceptive
Derived Forms
sharp-wittedly, adverb
sharp-wittedness, noun
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