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witty

[wit-ee]
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adjective, wit·ti·er, wit·ti·est.
  1. possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression: a witty writer.
  2. characterized by wit: a witty remark.
  3. British Dialect. intelligent; clever.

Origin of witty

before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1
Related formswit·ti·ly, adverbwit·ti·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1, 2. droll, funny, original, sparkling, brilliant. See humorous1.

Antonyms

1, 2. dull, stupid.
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Examples from the Web for wittier

Historical Examples

  • They are infinitely readier, smarter, and wittier than Englishmen.

    Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General

    Charles Lever

  • Every man was wittier than his wont; every woman more radiant.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • Few men have been graver than Pascal; few have been wittier.

  • Probably he is the wittier of the two; yet this might be contradicted.

    London Lyrics

    Frederick Locker

  • Camille is wittier than ever, and more outspoken, cynical; yet sunny as ever.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle


British Dictionary definitions for wittier

witty

adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. characterized by clever humour or wit
  2. archaic, or dialect intelligent or sensible
Derived Formswittily, adverbwittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wittier

witty

adj.

Old English wittig "clever, wise;" see wit (n.) "intellect" + -y (2). Meaning "possessing sparkling wit" is recorded from 1580s.

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