- 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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- (usually used with a negative) the smallest particle; iota; jothe has changed not a whit
C15: probably variant of wight 1
- See Whitsuntide
- of or relating to Whitsuntide
Word Origin and History for whits
"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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