or wyte

[ wahyt ]
/ waɪt /


(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

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 wites (2 of 2)

[ wahyt ]
/ waɪt /


a present plural of wit2.
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