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adjective, wit·ti·er, wit·ti·est.
  1. possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression: a witty writer.
  2. characterized by wit: a witty remark.
  3. British Dialect. intelligent; clever.
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Origin of witty

before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1
Related formswit·ti·ly, adverbwit·ti·ness, noun

Synonyms for witty

1, 2. droll, funny, original, sparkling, brilliant. See humorous1.

Antonyms for witty

1, 2. dull, stupid.
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Related Words for wittier

amusing, bright, brilliant, crazy, droll, entertaining, epigrammatic, facetious, fanciful, gay, humorous, ingenious, intelligent, jocose, jocular, keen, lively, original, penetrating, piercing

Examples from the Web for wittier

Historical Examples of wittier

  • They are infinitely readier, smarter, and wittier than Englishmen.

    Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General

    Charles Lever

  • Every man was wittier than his wont; every woman more radiant.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • Few men have been graver than Pascal; few have been wittier.

  • Probably he is the wittier of the two; yet this might be contradicted.

    London Lyrics

    Frederick Locker

  • Camille is wittier than ever, and more outspoken, cynical; yet sunny as ever.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

British Dictionary definitions for wittier


adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. characterized by clever humour or wit
  2. archaic, or dialect intelligent or sensible
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Derived Formswittily, adverbwittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wittier



Old English wittig "clever, wise;" see wit (n.) "intellect" + -y (2). Meaning "possessing sparkling wit" is recorded from 1580s.

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