- 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
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Related Words for whitsiota, little, mite, jot, speck, trace, fragment, pinch, scrap, drop, particle, hoot, dash, modicum, shred, grain, atom, crumb, piece
- (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
- See Whitsuntide
- of or relating to Whitsuntide
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"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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