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[wot] /wɒt/
verb, Archaic.
first and third person singular present of wit2 .
Origin of wot
Middle English woot, Old English wāt; cognate with German weiss, Old Norse veit, Gothic wait, Greek oîda, I have seen, I know, Sanskrit veda; see wit2


[wit] /wɪt/
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person wot, 2nd wost, 3rd wot, present plural wit or wite; past and past participle wist; present participle witting.
Archaic. to know.
to wit, that is to say; namely:
It was the time of the vernal equinox, to wit, the beginning of spring.
before 900; Middle English witen, Old English witan; cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Old Norse vita, Gothic witan to know; akin to Latin vidēre, Greek ideîn to see, Sanskrit vidati (he) knows. See wot Unabridged
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  • Can you give sum points on the bizness, wot I culd use to advantage?'

    The Bad Boy At Home Walter T. Gray
  • The maiden may have the soul of a fiend, for aught I wot, yet hath she the face of an angel.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Just you look 'ere, Liza: this is wot 'e done an' call 'isself a man.

    Liza of Lambeth W. Somerset Maugham
  • Escanes wants a cook who can fry a capon in a special way they wot of in Gaul.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • It's wonnerful, all the same, wot brave fathers do for their children.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • An' from wot I've read an' heard about you, you never toted fair with nobody yet.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • wot ye what ye shall do, said Sir Palomides; whatsomever come of me, look ye keep well this castle.

  • But now methinketh I hear one say unto me: wot ye what you say?

  • She weened himself had done it, / and all unaided he, Nor wot she one far mightier / was thither come so secretly.

  • She may be a Dutchy, but she won't never care for you like wot I do.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for wot


(archaic or dialect) used with I, she, he, it, or a singular noun a form of the present tense (indicative mood) of wit2


the talent or quality of using unexpected associations between contrasting or disparate words or ideas to make a clever humorous effect
speech or writing showing this quality
a person possessing, showing, or noted for such an ability, esp in repartee
practical intelligence (esp in the phrase have the wit to)
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) information or knowledge (esp in the phrase get wit of)
(archaic) mental capacity or a person possessing it
(obsolete) the mind or memory
See also wits
Word Origin
Old English witt; related to Old Saxon giwitt, Old High German wizzi (German Witz), Old Norse vit, Gothic witi. See wit²


(archaic) to be or become aware of (something)
to wit, that is to say; namely (used to introduce statements, as in legal documents)
Word Origin
Old English witan; related to Old High German wizzan (German wissen), Old Norse vita, Latin vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for wot

"to know" (archaic), from Old English wat, first and third person singular present indicative of witan "to know," from Proto-Germanic *wait (see wit (v.)).



"mental capacity," Old English wit, more commonly gewit, from Proto-Germanic *witjan (cf. Old Saxon wit, Old Norse vit, Danish vid, Swedish vett, Old Frisian wit, Old High German wizzi "knowledge, understanding, intelligence, mind," German Witz "wit, witticism, joke," Gothic unwiti "ignorance"), from PIE *woid-/*weid-/*wid- "to see," metaphorically "to know" (see vision). Related to Old English witan "to know" (source of wit (v.)). Meaning "ability to make clever remarks in an amusing way" is first recorded 1540s; that of "person of wit or learning" is from late 15c. For nuances of usage, see humor.

A witty saying proves nothing. [Voltaire, Diner du Comte de Boulainvilliers]

Wit ought to be five or six degrees above the ideas that form the intelligence of an audience. [Stendhal, "Life of Henry Brulard"]


"know," Old English witan "to know," from Proto-Germanic *witanan "to have seen," hence "to know" (cf. Old Saxon witan, Old Norse vita, Old Frisian wita, Middle Dutch, Dutch weten, Old High German wizzan, German wissen, Gothic witan "to know"); see wit (n.). The phrase to wit, almost the only surviving use of the verb, is first recorded 1570s, from earlier that is to wit (mid-14c.), probably a loan-translation of Anglo-French cestasavoir, used to render Latin videlicet (see viz.).

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