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Meaning of WIT

Pronunciation:  wit

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  mental ability; "he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"
  2. [n]  a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  3. [n]  (informal) a witty amusing person who makes jokes
 

WIT is a 3 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: brain, brainpower, card, humor, humour, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wag, witticism, wittiness
 
 See Also: bon mot, caricature, cartoon, caustic remark, content, fun, gag, humorist, humourist, imitation, impersonation, intelligence, irony, jape, jest, jeu d'esprit, joke, laugh, message, mot, play, repartee, ribaldry, sarcasm, satire, sketch, sport, subject matter, substance, topper, wheeze, yak

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Wit\, v. t. & i. [inf. (To) {Wit}; pres. sing. {Wot}; pl.
    {Wite}; imp. {Wist(e)}; p. p. {Wist}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Wit(t)ing}. See the Note below.] [OE. witen, pres. ich wot,
    wat, I know (wot), imp. wiste, AS. witan, pres. w[=a]t, imp.
    wiste, wisse; akin to OFries. wita, OS. witan, D. weten, G.
    wissen, OHG. wizzan, Icel. vita, Sw. veta, Dan. vide, Goth.
    witan to observe, wait I know, Russ. vidiete to see, L.
    videre, Gr. ?, Skr. vid to know, learn; cf. Skr. vid to find.
    ????. Cf. {History}, {Idea}, {Idol}, {-oid}, {Twit}, {Veda},
    {Vision}, {Wise}, a. & n., {Wot}.]
    To know; to learn. ``I wot and wist alway.'' --Chaucer.
    
    
    
    Note: The present tense was inflected as follows; sing. 1st
          pers. wot; 2d pers. wost, or wot(t)est; 3d pers. wot,
          or wot(t)eth; pl. witen, or wite. The following variant
          forms also occur; pres. sing. 1st & 3d pers. wat, woot;
          pres. pl. wyten, or wyte, weete, wote, wot; imp. wuste
          (Southern dialect); p. pr. wotting. Later, other
          variant or corrupt forms are found, as, in Shakespeare,
          3d pers. sing. pres. wots.
    
                Brethren, we do you to wit [make you to know] of
                the grace of God bestowed on the churches of
                Macedonia.                         --2 Cor. viii.
                                                   1.
    
                Thou wost full little what thou meanest.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
                We witen not what thing we prayen here.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
                When that the sooth in wist.       --Chaucer.
    
    Note: This verb is now used only in the infinitive, to wit,
          which is employed, especially in legal language, to
          call attention to a particular thing, or to a more
          particular specification of what has preceded, and is
          equivalent to namely, that is to say.
    
    
  2. \Wit\, n. [AS. witt, wit; akin to OFries. wit, G. witz, OHG.
    wizz[=i], Icel. vit, Dan. vid, Sw. vett. [root]133. See
    {Wit}, v.]
    1. Mind; intellect; understanding; sense.
    
             Who knew the wit of the Lord? or who was his
             counselor?                            --Wyclif (Rom.
                                                   xi. 34).
    
             A prince most prudent, of an excellent And unmatched
             wit and judgment.                     --Shak.
    
             Will puts in practice what wit deviseth. --Sir J.
                                                   Davies.
    
             He wants not wit the dander to decline. --Dryden.
    
    2. A mental faculty, or power of the mind; -- used in this
       sense chiefly in the plural, and in certain phrases; as,
       to lose one's wits; at one's wits' end, and the like.
       ``Men's wittes ben so dull.'' --Chaucer.
    
             I will stare him out of his wits.     --Shak.
    
    3. Felicitous association of objects not usually connected,
       so as to produce a pleasant surprise; also. the power of
       readily combining objects in such a manner.
    
             The definition of wit is only this, that it is a
             propriety of thoughts and words; or, in other terms,
             thoughts and words elegantly adapted to the subject.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
             Wit which discovers partial likeness hidden in
             general diversity.                    --Coleridge.
    
             Wit lying most in the assemblage of ideas, and
             putting those together with quickness and variety
             wherein can be found any resemblance or congruity,
             thereby to make up pleasant pictures in the fancy.
                                                   --Locke.
    
    4. A person of eminent sense or knowledge; a man of genius,
       fancy, or humor; one distinguished for bright or amusing
       sayings, for repartee, and the like.
    
             In Athens, where books and wits were ever busier
             than in any other part of Greece, I find but only
             two sorts of writings which the magistrate cared to
             take notice of; those either blasphemous and
             atheistical, or libelous.             --Milton.
    
             Intemperate wits will spare neither friend nor foe.
                                                   --L'Estrange.
    
             A wit herself, Amelia weds a wit.     --Young.
    
    {The five wits}, the five senses; also, sometimes, the five
       qualities or faculties, common wit, imagination, fantasy,
       estimation, and memory. --Chaucer. Nares.
    
             But my five wits nor my five senses can Dissuade one
             foolish heart from serving thee.      --Shak.
    
    Syn: Ingenuity; humor; satire; sarcasm; irony; burlesque.
    
    Usage: {Wit}, {Humor}. Wit primarily meant mind; and now
           denotes the power of seizing on some thought or
           occurrence, and, by a sudden turn, presenting it under
           aspects wholly new and unexpected -- apparently
           natural and admissible, if not perfectly just, and
           bearing on the subject, or the parties concerned, with
           a laughable keenness and force. ``What I want,'' said
           a pompous orator, aiming at his antagonist, ``is
           common sense.'' ``Exactly!'' was the whispered reply.
           The pleasure we find in wit arises from the ingenuity
           of the turn, the sudden surprise it brings, and the
           patness of its application to the case, in the new and
           ludicrous relations thus flashed upon the view. Humor
           is a quality more congenial to the English mind than
           wit. It consists primarily in taking up the
           peculiarities of a humorist (or eccentric person) and
           drawing them out, as Addison did those of Sir Roger de
           Coverley, so that we enjoy a hearty, good-natured
           laugh at his unconscious manifestation of whims and
           oddities. From this original sense the term has been
           widened to embrace other sources of kindly mirth of
           the same general character. In a well-known caricature
           of English reserve, an Oxford student is represented
           as standing on the brink of a river, greatly agitated
           at the sight of a drowning man before him, and crying
           out, ``O that I had been introduced to this gentleman,
           that I might save his life! The, ``Silent Woman'' of
           Ben Jonson is one of the most humorous productions, in
           the original sense of the term, which we have in our
           language.
    
    
 

 

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