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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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  • The Germans, as a Frenchman wittily remarked, are born with the mania of annexation.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • "I see you are in more want of troops than commanders," said he, wittily.

  • "No geese but ourselves," said Mrs. Peterkin, wittily, as they returned to the house.

    The Peterkin Papers Lucretia P Hale
  • Your room is indeed most desirable, as you just now so wittily remarked.

  • This criticism has already been very frequently and wittily made.

  • It has wittily been remarked that only mediocrity is ever wholly original.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • In the Tuileries, as was wittily said, everything moved to the tap of the drum.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Hulot related his misadventures, as wittily and as lightly as he could.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for wittily


adjective -tier, -tiest
characterized by clever humour or wit
(archaic or dialect) intelligent or sensible
Derived Forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wittily



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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