- (in Anglo-Saxon law)
- a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.
- a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.
- Chiefly Scot. responsibility for a crime, fault, or misfortune; blame.
- Chiefly Scot. to blame for; declare guilty of.
Origin of wite1
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English wīte penalty; cognate with Old High German wīzi, Old Norse vīti; (v.) Middle English witen, Old English wītan to blame
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Examples from the Web for wyte
Ye haena sae muckle to be ashamet o' as I hae, sir: it was a' my wyte!Salted With Fire
The laidy 'as came, Miss Gloria, and she sent me to tell you to wyte 'ere for 'er a minute.The Christian
My niece will wyte on people of doubtful conduck over my dead corpse.The Dust Flower
Gin he dinna something o' ye yet, it'll be your wyte, no his, I'm thinkin'.'Robert Falconer
I wadna like to wyte an innocent neighbour wi' violence—No answer?The Black Dwarf
Sir Walter Scott