wite

1

or wyte

[ wahyt ]
/ waɪt /
|

noun

(in Anglo-Saxon law)
  1. a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.
  2. a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.
Chiefly Scot. responsibility for a crime, fault, or misfortune; blame.

verb (used with object), wit·ed, wit·ing.

Chiefly Scot. to blame for; declare guilty of.

Origin of wite

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English wīte penalty; cognate with Old High German wīzi, Old Norse vīti; (v.) Middle English witen, Old English wītan to blame

Definition for wite (2 of 3)

wite

2
[ wahyt ]
/ waɪt /

verb

a present plural of wit2.

Definition for wite (3 of 3)

wit

2
[ wit ]
/ wɪt /

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.

Archaic. to know.

Origin of wit

2
before 900; Middle English witen, Old English witan; cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Old Norse vita, Gothic witan to know; akin to Latin vidēre, Greek ideîn to see, Sanskrit vidati (he) knows. See wot
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British Dictionary definitions for wite (1 of 2)

wit

1
/ (wɪt) /

noun

See also wits

Word Origin for wit

Old English witt; related to Old Saxon giwitt, Old High German wizzi (German Witz), Old Norse vit, Gothic witi. See wit ²

British Dictionary definitions for wite (2 of 2)

wit

2
/ (wɪt) /

verb

archaic to be or become aware of (something)

adverb

to wit that is to say; namely (used to introduce statements, as in legal documents)

Word Origin for wit

Old English witan; related to Old High German wizzan (German wissen), Old Norse vita, Latin vidēre to see
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Idioms and Phrases with wite

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.

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