whit

[hwit, wit]

noun

a particle; bit; jot (used especially in negative phrases): not a whit better.

Nearby words

  1. whistler, james abbott mcneill,
  2. whistling,
  3. whistling buoy,
  4. whistling duck,
  5. whistling swan,
  6. whit monday,
  7. whit sunday,
  8. whit week,
  9. whitaker,
  10. whitbread

Origin of whit

1470–80; perhaps alteration of Middle English wiht wight1

Can be confusedwhit wit

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British Dictionary definitions for whit

whit

noun

(usually used with a negative) the smallest particle; iota; jothe has changed not a whit

Word Origin for whit

C15: probably variant of wight 1

Whit

noun

adjective

of or relating to Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whit

whit

n.

"smallest particle," 12c., in na whit "no amount," from Old English nan wiht, from wiht "amount," originally "person, human being" (see wight).

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