having a quick wit or intelligence.

Origin of ready-witted

First recorded in 1575–85
Related formsread·y-wit·ted·ly, adverbread·y-wit·ted·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of ready-witted

  • She was ready-witted too, prompt in action, gifted with a certain fire.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope

  • The ready-witted Elia often took the creature out with him when walking at Enfield.

  • Poor, underfed and oversmart children; ready-witted and half-witted.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • "We've been married seven years, Olly," said the quick-eared and ready-witted Arthur.

    Gabriel Conroy

    Bert Harte

  • These were supposed to show how popular and how ready-witted he was.


    Bjornstjerne Bjornson

British Dictionary definitions for ready-witted



quick to learn or perceive
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