[ weyt-uh-bit ]

  1. any of various plants bearing thorns or prickly appendages, as the grapple plant or the greenbrier.

Origin of wait-a-bit

1775–85; translation of Afrikaans wag-'n-bietjie<Dutch wacht een beetje

Words Nearby wait-a-bit

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How to use wait-a-bit in a sentence

  • And they all had them easy-going, wait-a-bit kind of voices, and didn't see no pertic'ler importance in their "r's."

    Danny's Own Story | Don Marquis
  • Then all the youngster robins began to coax Robert Robin to sing his wait-a-bit song.

  • The wait-a-bit (Wacht een beetje) is so called from the ingenious nature of its spines.

    The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot
  • A sage-hen crouching low in sand and shadowed by wait-a-bit thorn twigs is pretty well hidden.

    The Red Mustang | William O. Stoddard
  • The British call them "wait-a-bit" thorns, and under either name they are equally dangerous.

    Adventures in Swaziland | Owen Rowe O'Neil

British Dictionary definitions for wait-a-bit


  1. any of various plants having sharp hooked thorns or similar appendages, esp the greenbrier and the grapple plant

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