having or showing mental acuity; intellectually discerning; acute.

Origin of sharp-witted

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formssharp-wit·ted·ly, adverbsharp-wit·ted·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sharp-witted

Historical Examples of sharp-witted

  • But there's no need to glare at us like that, my sharp-witted wench.

  • There were once three brothers, of whom two were sharp-witted, but the third was a fool.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • The girl was sharp-witted—what girl is not so in all affairs of the heart?


    Henry Peterson

  • Yet it serves to show the close observation of these sharp-witted fellows.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney

  • And you do not yet know how to bargain with these sharp-witted Chinos (Chinese)?

British Dictionary definitions for sharp-witted



having or showing a keen intelligence; perceptive
Derived Formssharp-wittedly, adverbsharp-wittedness, noun
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