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witty

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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.

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Origin of witty

before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1
SYNONYMS FOR witty
1, 2 droll, funny, original, sparkling, brilliant. See humorous1.
Related formswit·ti·ly, adverbwit·ti·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for witty

witty

/ (ˈwɪtɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

characterized by clever humour or wit
archaic, or dialect intelligent or sensible
Derived Formswittily, adverbwittiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for witty

witty


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper