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mother wit

natural or practical intelligence, wit, or sense.
Origin of mother wit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English moderis wytte Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And three men, it would appear, wholly destitute of mother-wit.

  • But the warmth of the mother-love lent life to the mother-wit.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • The Corsicans had remained children of nature; they were ignorant, but rich in mother-wit.

    Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2 Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • He was a philosopher, was this rag-tag-and-bob-tail of a man, a philosopher with some mother-wit about him.

    Afloat on the Ohio Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • Once traced to their lair, mother-wit will suggest some means of rescuing our Puddin'.'

    The Magic Pudding Norman Lindsay
  • Rose desired everybody to acknowledge her mother-wit and trustworthiness.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • But against all such endeavours, mother-wit, in the end, will hold her own.

    A Joy For Ever John Ruskin
  • She had mother-wit enough to beg her way; people gave her tea and pence.

  • He drew on his memory, his mother-wit, and his invention for subjects that might be interesting to both his companions.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • They trusted to their mother-wit to carry them through any difficulty.

    The History of Burke and Hare George Mac Gregor
British Dictionary definitions for mother-wit

mother wit

native practical intelligence; common sense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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