wits

/ (wɪts) /

pl n

(sometimes singular) the ability to reason and act, esp quickly (esp in the phrase have one's wits about one)
(sometimes singular) right mind, sanity (esp in the phrase out of one's wits)
at one's wits' end at a loss to know how to proceed
five wits obsolete the five senses or mental faculties
live by one's wits to gain a livelihood by craftiness and cunning rather than by hard work

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British Dictionary definitions for wits (2 of 2)

Wits
/ (wɪts) /

noun

Southern African informal University of the Witwatersrand
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