wits

[wษชts]

wits Definition

  • 1the ability to think quickly and clearly; mental sharpness
  • 2mental faculties; senses

Using wits: Examples

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

  • Example

    He used all his wits to escape from the kidnappers.

  • Example

    She had the wits to call the police when she saw the burglar.

  • Example

    The comedian's jokes were quick-witted and hilarious.

wits Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with wits

  • to stay alert and be ready for anything that might happen

    Example

    When traveling alone, it's important to keep your wits about you.

  • to have the intelligence or common sense to do something

    Example

    He didn't have the wit to realize he was being scammed.

  • at one's wits' end

    to be so confused, upset, or frustrated that one doesn't know what to do next

    Example

    After trying to fix the computer for hours, I was at my wits' end.

Origins of wits

from Old English 'witan', meaning 'to know'

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Summary: wits in Brief

The term 'wits' [wษชts] refers to the ability to think quickly and clearly, as well as one's mental faculties. It is often used in phrases like 'keep your wits about you,' meaning to stay alert, and 'at one's wits' end,' meaning to be extremely frustrated or confused. Examples of its use include 'He used all his wits to escape from the kidnappers' and 'The comedian's jokes were quick-witted and hilarious.'