- powers of intelligent observation, keen perception, ingenious contrivance, or the like; mental acuity, composure, and resourcefulness: using one's wits to get ahead.
- mental faculties; senses: to lose one's wits; frightened out of one's wits.
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synonym study for wit
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH witwhit, wit
Definition for wit (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person wot,2nd wost,3rd wot,present plural wit or wite;past and past participle wist;present participle wit·ting.
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Example sentences from the Web for wit
Using wits alone, she must evade the Gestapo and make it back across the English Channel.
Not at all disappointing is the great bulk of this generally mesmerizing novel, including its occasional wit.Jo Nesbo’s ‘The Kingdom’ is a suspenseful bundle of Norwegian noir that’s almost impossible to put down|Richard Lipez|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
More than 400,000 soldiers delighted in seeing her in person, enchanted by her wit, openheartedness and nonchalant charm.A modest rebel: The paradoxical personality of Eleanor Roosevelt|Douglas Brinkley|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
Luckily those 8 birds were only stunned, meaning they were "knocked out" and just needed a safe place to rest before gathering their wits and flying off again.
After leaving government, Lighthizer joined Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom, becoming a heavy-hitting tax lobbyist known for his deep expertise and quick wit.Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next.|by Lydia DePillis|October 13, 2020|ProPublica
Tell me the wost, stranger; I kin stand it; but I sure hate to fetch the news hum to her.Phil Bradley's Snow-shoe Trail|Silas K. Boone
British Dictionary definitions for wit (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for wit (2 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with wit
see at one's wit's end; have one's wits about one; live by one's wits; scare out of one's wits; to wit.