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whit

[hwit, wit]
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noun
  1. a particle; bit; jot (used especially in negative phrases): not a whit better.

Origin of whit

1470–80; perhaps alteration of Middle English wiht wight1
Can be confusedwhit wit
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British Dictionary definitions for whits

whit

noun
  1. (usually used with a negative) the smallest particle; iota; jothe has changed not a whit

Word Origin

C15: probably variant of wight 1

Whit

noun
  1. See Whitsuntide
adjective
  1. of or relating to Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whits

whit

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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