From Middle English forwit, from Old English *forewit, *forewitt (attested in derivative forewitiġ, forewittiġ (“foreknowing”)), equivalent to fore- + wit (“knowledge, understanding”).
forewit (countable and uncountable, plural forewits)
- Timely knowledge; precaution; foresight.
- One good forewit is worth two afterwits.
From Middle English forwiten, from Old English forewitan (“to foreknow”), equivalent to fore- + wit (“to know”).
forewit (third-person singular simple present forewot, present participle forewitting, simple past and past participle forewist)
- (transitive, obsolete) To foreknow.
From fore- (“prominent, out in front”) + wit (“a clever man”).
forewit (plural forewits)
- One who puts himself forward as a leader in matters of taste or criticism.