knowing; aware; conscious.


North England. knowledge.

Origin of witting

First recorded in 1250–1300, witting is from the Middle English word witing. See wit2, -ing2, -ing1
Related formswit·ting·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of wittingly

Historical Examples of wittingly

  • And whenever I take their sacred names to witness, I do not wittingly falsify my word.

  • True, he had parted with it wittingly, in exchange for a card which equalized the chances.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc

  • I have not, at any rate, wittingly passed by any real difficulties.

  • It was a luxury she could always command at home and she had wittingly missed it.

  • That she carried it too far is no doubt true; that she did so wittingly is not so certain.

British Dictionary definitions for wittingly


adjective rare

deliberate; intentionala witting insult
aware; knowing
Derived Formswittingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for wittingly



"aware," mid-14c. (implied in wittingly), present participle adjective from wit (v.).

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