or wyte

[ wahyt ]

  1. (in Anglo-Saxon law)

    • a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.

    • a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.

  2. Chiefly Scot. responsibility for a crime, fault, or misfortune; blame.

verb (used with object),wit·ed, wit·ing.
  1. 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

Other definitions for wite (2 of 2)

[ wahyt ]

  1. a present plural of wit2.

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How to use wite in a sentence

  • He looked gloomily in Rostov's face and said: "I am witing to her."

    War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy