[hwit, wit]


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

Origin of whit

1470–80; perhaps alteration of Middle English wiht wight1
Can be confusedwhit wit
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Examples from the Web for whit

Contemporary Examples of whit

Historical Examples of whit

  • They all came, and they looked not one whit better than on the Monday evening before.

  • "This room looks every whit as grand as it used to look to me when I was a boy," he said.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • But the colonel did not abate one whit of his craft or caution.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Strange to say, they appeared not a whit more afraid than the birds or hares.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • But yet his horse was not a whit Inclined to tarry there; For why?

British Dictionary definitions for whit



(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




of or relating to Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whit

"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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