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witty

[wit-ee] /ˈwɪt i/
adjective, wittier, wittiest.
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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1
Related forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. droll, funny, original, sparkling, brilliant. See humorous1 .
Antonyms
1, 2. dull, stupid.
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  • All men—Spenser as well as Jonson—found him gentle and witty, gay and generous.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Ordinary London slang is full of witty things said by nobody in particular.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He was young, well-spoken, witty, and skilled in all martial and manly exercises.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I was in the mood to say pretty things, and I had never felt so witty.

  • The devil having him at advantage, began to be witty with him.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for witty

witty

/ˈwɪtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
characterized by clever humour or wit
2.
(archaic or dialect) intelligent or sensible
Derived Forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for witty
adj.

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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