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[wit-ee] /ˈwɪt i/
adjective, wittier, wittiest.
possessing wit in speech or writing; amusingly clever in perception and expression:
a witty writer.
characterized by wit:
a witty remark.
British Dialect. intelligent; clever.
Origin of witty
before 900; Middle English; Old English wittig orig., wise. See wit1, -y1
Related forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
1, 2. droll, funny, original, sparkling, brilliant. See humorous1 .
1, 2. dull, stupid. Unabridged
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  • But this is Burton, by some accounted a morose person, but by those who knew him intimately a cheery and witty companion.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • All men—Spenser as well as Jonson—found him gentle and witty, gay and generous.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Its method is largely expository and its style may be anything; it may explain or it may simply comment in a witty way.

  • He was young, well-spoken, witty, and skilled in all martial and manly exercises.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But so witty was she, that no young beauty at the hotel had so many followers and admirers.

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
British Dictionary definitions for witty


adjective -tier, -tiest
characterized by clever humour or wit
(archaic or dialect) intelligent or sensible
Derived Forms
wittily, adverb
wittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for witty

Old English wittig "clever, wise;" see wit (n.) "intellect" + -y (2). Meaning "possessing sparkling wit" is recorded from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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