mother wit


natural or practical intelligence, wit, or sense.

Origin of mother wit

1400–50; late Middle English moderis wytte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mother wit

commonsense, faculties, nous, senses, wits

Examples from the Web for mother wit

Historical Examples of mother wit

  • But the warmth of the mother-love lent life to the mother-wit.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • He was a philosopher, was this rag-tag-and-bob-tail of a man, a philosopher with some mother-wit about him.

    Afloat on the Ohio

    Reuben Gold Thwaites

  • He was, withal, very clever, and had an immensity of mother-wit.

  • Rose desired everybody to acknowledge her mother-wit and trustworthiness.

  • Once traced to their lair, mother-wit will suggest some means of rescuing our Puddin'.'

    The Magic Pudding

    Norman Lindsay

British Dictionary definitions for mother wit

mother wit


native practical intelligence; common sense
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