witty

[wit-ee]
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.

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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witty

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

witty

adj.

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

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