- powers of intelligent observation, keen perception, ingenious contrivance, or the like; mental acuity, composure, and resourcefulness: using one's wits to get ahead.
- mental faculties; senses: to lose one's wits; frightened out of one's wits.
Origin of wit1
Can be confusedwhit wit
Definition for wit (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person wot, 2nd wost, 3rd wot, present plural wit or wite; past and past participle wist; present participle wit·ting.
Origin of wit2
Examples from the Web for wit
With twice as many British soldiers, Washington was in for a fiercely competitive battle of wit and strength.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was renowned for his wit, disarming his critics with unfailing humor.
Renowned livestock specialist and autism advocate Temple Grandin brought her unique intellect and wit to Reddit.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA|Emily Shire|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Amid our grief we now see that New York had been distracted by flash and wit and cash for too long.
It was a circle of exceptionally bright teenagers who revelled equally in wit and in culture.Why World War I Is at the Heart of ‘Lord of the Rings’|John Garth|July 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I suppose it is a sort of nemesis of wit; the skidding of a wheel in the height of its speed.George Bernard Shaw|Gilbert K. Chesterton
Men of wit and learning employ themselves to celebrate his talents, and to express their approbation of his writings.
In fine, Nosti est au bout de son latin (is at his wit's end, poor devil)!History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
The man that marries my Fan has got to have sabe enough to round up a flock of goats—and wit enough to get up in the morning.They of the High Trails|Hamlin Garland
Her beauty, her wit, they were her own; but they had availed her little before her betrothment to Rube.
British Dictionary definitions for wit (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wit
British Dictionary definitions for wit (2 of 2)
Word Origin for wit
Idioms and Phrases with wit
see at one's wit's end; have one's wits about one; live by one's wits; scare out of one's wits; to wit.