[ shahrp-wit-id ]
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  1. having or showing mental acuity; intellectually discerning; acute.

Origin of sharp-witted

First recorded in 1580–90

Other words from sharp-witted

  • sharp-wit·ted·ly, adverb
  • sharp-wit·ted·ness, noun

Words Nearby sharp-witted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sharp-witted in a sentence

  • And the more, because they see that he is sharp-witted, and according as his Doctor saith, a very hopefull young man.

  • But Glenormiston was smiling, and these sharp witted slum bairns exchanged knowing glances.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • He believed that the sharp-witted Ogalala would eventually think of a way to overcome the difficulty.

    White Otter | Elmer Russell Gregor
  • However, it soon became evident that sharp-witted Spotted Deer had guessed his intention.

    Running Fox | Elmer Russell Gregor
  • The lady and bundle were all that escaped; and so this courageous and sharp-witted woman saved the life of her husband.

    The Life of the Moselle | Octavius Rooke

British Dictionary definitions for sharp-witted


  1. having or showing a keen intelligence; perceptive

Derived forms of sharp-witted

  • sharp-wittedly, adverb
  • sharp-wittedness, noun

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