[ wit-ee ]
/ ˈwɪt i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. wittgensteinian,
  2. witticism,
  3. witting,
  4. wittingly,
  5. wittol,
  6. witwatersrand,
  7. wive,
  8. wivern,
  9. wives,
  10. wiz

Origin of witty

before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1

Related formswit·ti·ly, adverbwit·ti·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for wittiness

  • But the prettiness and wittiness are Betty's; do we not all know that?

    Love's Usuries|Louis Creswicke
  • And the result would be that he would kill the wittiness of the lines by burlesque.

  • A man of more wisdom than wittiness, and brain than fancy; and abler to any thing than to make verses.

    Microcosmography|John Earle

British Dictionary definitions for wittiness


/ (ˈwɪtɪ) /

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 wittiness



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

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