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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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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
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