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[kwik-wit-id] /ˈkwɪkˈwɪt ɪd/
having a nimble, alert mind.
Origin of quick-witted
1520-30; quick + wit1 + -ed3
Related forms
quick-wittedly, adverb
quick-wittedness, noun
keen, perceptive, smart, clever, sharp. Unabridged
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  • Half turning round, a quick-witted courtier beckoned to the organist, and shouted: "Music!"

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • All these his quick-witted ingenuity pictured at once before him.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Being a quick-witted man, with an instinct for business, he accumulated property.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • It was a quick-witted school, and knew how to turn quotations and allusions.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • "They meant business, for sure," he said to himself, while waiting for his quick-witted ruse to operate.

    With Links of Steel Nicholas Carter
  • And yet, quick-witted as she was, it did not occur to her to find a new one.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
British Dictionary definitions for quick-witted


having a keenly alert mind, esp as used to avert danger, make effective reply, etc
Derived Forms
quick-wittedly, adverb
quick-wittedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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