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whit

[hwit, wit] /ʰwɪt, wɪt/
noun
1.
a particle; bit; jot (used especially in negative phrases):
not a whit better.
Origin of whit
1470-1480
1470-80; perhaps alteration of Middle English wiht wight1
Can be confused
whit, wit.
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  • But Hercules was no whit disheartened, and squeezed the great snake so tightly that he soon began to hiss with pain.

    The Three Golden Apples Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It always reminds me of the cart-horse parade on whit Monday.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Fairly in the midst of them, quite as gaudy to look upon and every whit as reckless in their horsemanship, rode Dade and Jack.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • Otto, no whit daunted by his adventure, shortly after returned to his room.

    Historic Boyhoods Rupert Sargent Holland
  • When we pass beyond these, however, our terms are no whit more descriptive than those of the classificatory system.

British Dictionary definitions for whit

whit

/wɪt/
noun
1.
(usually used with a negative) the smallest particle; iota; jot: he has changed not a whit
Word Origin
C15: probably variant of wight1

Whit

/wɪt/
noun
1.
adjective
2.
of or relating to Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whit
n.

"smallest particle," 12c., in na whit "no amount," from Old English nan wiht, from wiht "amount," originally "person, human being" (see wight).

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