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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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  • They all came, and they looked not one whit better than on the Monday evening before.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "This room looks every whit as grand as it used to look to me when I was a boy," he said.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • But the colonel did not abate one whit of his craft or caution.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Strange to say, they appeared not a whit more afraid than the birds or hares.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • But yet his horse was not a whit Inclined to tarry there; For why?

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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