adjective, wit·ti·er, wit·ti·est.

possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression: a witty writer.
characterized by wit: a witty remark.
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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Related Words for wittily

intelligently, shrewdly, astutely, sensibly

Examples from the Web for wittily

Contemporary Examples of wittily

  • It is not, as Hoeke claimed, “slang” pulled from American hip-hop vernacular and wittily included in her magazine.

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    The Rihanna Racism Storm

    Ayana Byrd

    December 22, 2011

  • And at either end of the wall, wittily, are portraits of Magritte and Norman Rockwell, each wearing a truly ridiculous hat.

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    The Art of 'Mr. Brainwash'

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    February 18, 2010

Historical Examples of wittily

British Dictionary definitions for wittily


adjective -tier or -tiest

characterized by clever humour or wit
archaic, or dialect intelligent or sensible
Derived Formswittily, adverbwittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wittily



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

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