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[out-wit] /ˌaʊtˈwɪt/
verb (used with object), outwitted, outwitting.
to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart:
to outwit a dangerous opponent.
Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
Origin of outwit
1645-55; out- + wit1
1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse. Unabridged
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  • I came here, he said slowly, angry because you had played upon my sympathies and outwitted me.

  • He might then have laughed in his sleeve at his outwitted dupe.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • "Then Old Artful will have outwitted himself after all, for he gave the fellow a task intended to be endless," said Guy.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • If the seniors had outwitted us, we in turn outwitted the freshmen.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • He had outwitted the English so many times that they were sharply on the lookout for him.

    Zigzag Journeys in Europe Hezekiah Butterworth
  • He carefully suppressed any account of the way in which he had been outwitted by Watson.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • And I made up my mind that if at all possible this Ostenburg scheme must be met and outwitted.

    A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne Arthur W. Marchmont
  • As for Paul, he was perfectly furious at having been so outwitted and overreached.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • She outwitted her native Minister, who was supported by the British.

  • But it would appear that some one else has carried the news; so, you see, you have been outwitted after all.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for outwitted


verb (transitive) -wits, -witting, -witted
to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
(archaic) to be of greater intelligence than
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Word Origin and History for outwitted



"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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