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Definition of Wit


  1. of Wit
  2. To know; to learn.
  3. Mind; intellect; understanding; sense.
  4. A mental faculty, or power of the mind; -- used in this sense chiefly in the plural, and in certain phrases; as, to lose one's wits; at one's wits' end, and the like.
  5. Felicitous association of objects not usually connected, so as to produce a pleasant surprise; also. the power of readily combining objects in such a manner.
  6. A person of eminent sense or knowledge; a man of genius, fancy, or humor; one distinguished for bright or amusing sayings, for repartee, and the like.

Wit Quotations

I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.
Maya Angelou

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
William Shakespeare

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.
William Blake

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
Francis Bacon

The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.
Omar Khayyam
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Wit Translations

wit in Dutch is spriet, boegspriet
wit in German is Verstand, Witz
wit in Italian is giudizio
wit in Latin is sal, lepor lepos
wit in Portuguese is sagacidade
wit in Swedish is vett, kvickhet, kvickhuvud

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