wit Definition

  • 1mental sharpness and inventiveness; keen intelligence
  • 2a natural aptitude for using words and ideas in a quick and inventive way to create humor

Using wit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor.

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    The play was full of witty dialogue and clever puns.

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    She responded with a witty remark that left everyone laughing.

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    His wit and charm won her over.

wit Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using wit

  • live by one's wits

    to rely on one's intelligence and resourcefulness to survive or succeed


    After losing his job, he had to live by his wits and find creative ways to make money.

  • out of one's wits

    to be extremely frightened, confused, or upset


    The loud noise scared her out of her wits.

  • to be alert and able to think quickly and clearly


    Even though he was tired, he managed to escape the danger with his wits about him.

Phrases with wit

  • at one's wit's end

    to be so confused or upset that one does not know what to do next


    I'm at my wit's end trying to figure out how to fix this problem.

  • have a quick wit

    to be able to think and respond quickly with clever and humorous remarks


    She has a quick wit and always knows how to make people laugh.

  • to stay calm and alert, especially in a difficult or dangerous situation


    In order to survive in the wilderness, you need to keep your wits about yourself.

Origins of wit

Old English 'witan', meaning 'to know'


Summary: wit in Brief

'Wit' [wɪt] refers to mental sharpness and inventiveness, often used to describe a person's intelligence and ability to use words and ideas in a quick and inventive way to create humor. It can be seen in witty dialogue and clever puns, as well as in phrases like 'at one's wit's end,' 'have a quick wit,' and 'keep one's wits about oneself.' 'Wit' is also found in idioms like 'live by one's wits' and 'out of one's wits.'

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