Wit vs. Wag

By Jaxson

  • Wit

    Wit is a form of intelligent humour, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny. A wit is a person skilled at making clever and funny remarks. Forms of wit include the quip, repartee, and wisecrack.

  • Wag

    Wag (Amharic: ዋግ) is a traditional Highland district in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, in the approximate location of the modern Wag Hemra Zone. Weld Blundell described the district as bounded on the south by the mountains of Lasta, on the east and north by the Tellare River, and the west by the Tekezé. The major urban center is the town of Sokota, which has been a major marketplace for centuries.

    James Bruce states that Wag was given to the heirs of the deposed Zagwe dynasty, when the Solomonic dynasty was restored to the throne of Ethiopia in 1270. The head of the fallen Zagwe family accepted the district as well as the title of Wagshum as part of the settlement for their loss. However, the province is mentioned for the first time only in the 14th century.

  • Wit (noun)


    “He’s gone completely out of his wits.”

  • Wit (noun)

    The senses.

  • Wit (noun)

    Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.

    “Where she has gone to is beyond the wit of man to say.”

  • Wit (noun)

    The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially under short time constraints.

    “My father had a quick wit and a steady hand.”

  • Wit (noun)

    Intelligence; common sense.

    “The opportunity was right in front of you, and you didn’t even have the wit to take it!”

  • Wit (noun)

    Humour, especially when clever or quick.

    “The best man’s speech was hilarious, full of wit and charm.”

  • Wit (noun)

    A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.

    “Your friend is quite a wit, isn’t he?”

  • Wit (verb)

    Know, be aware of constructed with of when used intransitively.

    “You committed terrible actions — to wit, murder and theft — and should be punished accordingly.”

    “They are meddling in matters that men should not wit of.”

  • Wit (preposition)

    alternative spelling of with

  • Wag (verb)

    To swing from side to side, such as of an animal’s tail, or someone’s head, to express disagreement or disbelief.

  • Wag (verb)

    To play truant from school.

  • Wag (verb)

    To be in action or motion; to move; progress.

  • Wag (verb)

    To go; to depart.

  • Wag (noun)

    An oscillating movement.

    “The wag of my dog’s tail expresses happiness.”

  • Wag (noun)

    A witty person.

  • Wit (noun)

    the capacity for inventive thought and quick understanding; keen intelligence

    “she does not lack perception or native wit”

    “he needed all his wits to figure out the way back”

  • Wit (noun)

    good sense

    “I had the wit to realize that the only way out was up”

  • Wit (noun)

    a natural aptitude for using words and ideas in a quick and inventive way to create humour

    “his caustic wit cuts through the humbug”

  • Wit (noun)

    a witty person

    “she is such a wit”

  • Wit (verb)

    have knowledge

    “I addressed a few words to the lady you wot of”

  • Wit (verb)

    that is to say (used to be more specific about something already referred to)

    “the textbooks show an irritating parochialism, to wit an almost total exclusion of papers not in English”

  • Wag (verb)

    (especially with reference to an animal’s tail) move or cause to move rapidly to and fro

    “his tail began to wag”

    “the dog went out, wagging its tail”

  • Wag (verb)

    move (an upwards-pointing finger) from side to side to signify disapproval

    “she wagged a finger at Elinor”

  • Wag (verb)

    play truant from (school).

  • Wag (noun)

    a wife or girlfriend of a sports player, typically characterized as having a high media profile and a glamorous lifestyle.

Oxford Dictionary

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