Wit vs. Whit

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.

  • 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

  • Whit (noun)

    The smallest part or particle imaginable; an iota.

    “He worked tirelessly to collect and wind a ball of string eight feet around, and it matters not one whit.”

  • 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”

Oxford Dictionary

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