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[hwit, wit] /ʰwɪt, wɪt/
a particle; bit; jot (used especially in negative phrases):
not a whit better.
Origin of whit
1470-80; perhaps alteration of Middle English wiht wight1
Can be confused
whit, wit. Unabridged
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  • But it turned out that my intended audience didn't care a whit.
  • Unfortunately, there's not another whit of info about it, not even a link to who actually made it.
  • For them, it does not matter a whit whether or not someone covers her face or any other part.
  • Unfortunately, they seem to have been replaced by a new set of smiling faces fronting brains that are not a whit wiser.
  • Whether coffee lowers the risks for those things or not matters not a whit to me.
  • But to tell the truth, my argument about this overly rigid distinction doesn't matter to the job-seeker one whit.
  • Seeing if he had them, he should not be the better wrapped or covered from cold, neither in his apparel any whit the comelier.
  • And it takes away not one whit of the awe and sheer amazement such an event engenders.
  • What you realize is that the actual truth matters not a whit.
  • whit ten gave her opinion, and there was no objection from defense.
British Dictionary definitions for whit


(usually used with a negative) the smallest particle; iota; jot: he has changed not a whit
Word Origin
C15: probably variant of wight1


of or relating to Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whit

"smallest particle," 12c., in na whit "no amount," from Old English nan wiht, from wiht "amount," originally "person, human being" (see wight).

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