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[wit-ee] /ˈwɪt i/
adjective, wittier, wittiest.
possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression:
a witty writer.
characterized by wit:
a witty remark.
British Dialect. intelligent; clever.
Origin of witty
before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1
Related forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
1, 2. droll, funny, original, sparkling, brilliant. See humorous1 .
1, 2. dull, stupid. Unabridged
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  • You must bow to the prettiest, kneel to the wittiest, and kiss the one you love best.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "My good fellow, I'm here to listen and—to be bored," he replied in his wittiest way.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • This struck the party as the brightest and wittiest expression ever made by a mortal.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • He was one of the wittiest men I ever knew and good nature itself.

  • The wittiest person in the comedy is he that plays the fool.

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Now, some of the wittiest things in the world are witty solely from their truth.

    Tomlinsoniana Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The book is full of the wittiest dialogue and the most farcical situations.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • She was the handsomest, the wittiest, the most fascinating woman I ever saw.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • "She was perhaps the wittiest woman who ever lived," says Saintsbury.

British Dictionary definitions for wittiest


adjective -tier, -tiest
characterized by clever humour or wit
(archaic or dialect) intelligent or sensible
Derived Forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wittiest



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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