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witty

[wit-ee]
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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

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

Antonyms

1, 2. dull, stupid.
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  • All men—Spenser as well as Jonson—found him gentle and witty, gay and generous.

  • Ordinary London slang is full of witty things said by nobody in particular.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • He was young, well-spoken, witty, and skilled in all martial and manly exercises.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I was in the mood to say pretty things, and I had never felt so witty.

  • The devil having him at advantage, began to be witty with him.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude


British Dictionary definitions for witty

witty

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 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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