- (UK) enPR: wĭt, IPA: /wɪt/, X-SAMPA: /wIt/
- (US) enPR: wĭt, IPA: /wɪt/, X-SAMPA: /wIt/
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- Rhymes: -ɪt
- Homophone: whit (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
From Middle English, from Old English witt (“understanding, intellect, sense, knowledge, consciousness, conscience”), from Proto-Germanic *witją (“knowledge, reason”), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, *wid- (“see, know”). Cognate with Dutch weet, German Witz, Danish vid, Swedish vett, Gothic 𐌿𐌽𐍅𐌹𐍄𐌹 (unwiti, “ignorance”), Latin videō (“see”). Compare wise.
wit (plural wits)
- (now usually in the plural) Sanity.
- He's gone completely out of his wits.
- (obsolete usually in the plural) The senses.
- Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.
- Where she has gone to is beyond the wit of man to say.
- The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially under short time constraints.
- My father had a quick wit and a steady hand.
- Intelligence; common sense.
- The opportunity was right in front of you, and you didn't even have the wit to take it!
- Spoken humour, especially when clever or quick.
- The best man's speech was hilarious, full of wit and charm.
- A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.
- Your friend is quite a wit, isn't he?
- See also Wikisaurus:intelligence
(type of humor):
From Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, *wid- (“see, know”). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō (“I see”). Compare guide.
wit (see below for this verb’s conjugation)
- (transitive, intransitive, chiefly archaic) Know, be aware of (construed 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.
- 1849, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, St. Luke the Painter, lines 5–8
- but soon having wist
- How sky-breadth and field-silence and this day
- Are symbols also in some deeper way,
- She looked through these to God and was God’s priest.
- As a preterite-present verb, the third-person singular indicative form is not wits but wot; the plural indicative forms conform to the infinitive: we wit, ye wit, they wit.
(Southern American English): IPA: (before consonants) /wɪt/, (before vowels) /wɪtʃ/
From Dutch wit.
From Old Dutch *wīt with unexpected shortening of the vowel, from Proto-Germanic *hwītaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos (“shine; bright”). Compare German weiß, West Frisian wyt, English white, Norwegian hvit, Swedish vit.
- (uncountable) white (color)
- Wit is alle kleuren ineens.
- White is all colors at once.
- Wit is alle kleuren ineens.
- (slang) cocaine
- Heb je een halfje wit?
- Afrikaans: wit
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| Cardinal : wit
Ordinal : witiem
From French huit.
- (cardinal) eight
- IPA: /wit/
Old High German
From Proto-Germanic *wet.
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|Accusative||mī, mik||thī, thik||ina||sīa|
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