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1540s, from Middle English weten, variant of witen (see wit (v.)).

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  • Like the cat, fain fish wad ye eat, but ye are laith to weet your feet.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • When the chaffinch says "weet, weet," it is an infallible sign of rain.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • “You maun be weet, laddie,” said the old master of the boat, helping me out of her with the aid of two of the other men.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • So Mike for all he was weet to the skin, set off to look for Amos.

    More Tales of the Ridings Frederic Moorman
  • Tha shouldn't ha claated me across th' chops wi that weet hippen,—that's noa way to help a chap's reformation.

  • The keen and suggestive "weet, weet, weet" of the knife on the stone smote on Guy's ears and nerves with appalling effect.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It's no a fit nicht for ye to be oot at a', mair by token 'at ye're no the ablest to stan' cauld an' weet.'

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Laith will the lassie be to weet her bonny shoon, but lang ere the play'll be ower she'll wat her hat aboon.

  • Confoond ye, Hillocks, what are ye ploiterin aboot here for in the weet wi a face like a boiled beet?

  • Knows; the present of the obsolete wit (the infinitive to wit is still use in legal forms), not of weet, as generally stated.

    The Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott

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