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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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  • As clever and witty as his writing is, you probably wouldn't, because there is so much literature to choose from.
  • The production is witty, clever, and blessedly brief.
  • He's kind and so funny-not goofy funny, witty funny-and gets along really great with all my friends.
  • They don't carry many plants, but the few they do have the same witty edge many of their products do.
  • And that's what makes this book so interesting, it's full of witty asides and opinionated commentary.
  • Get enough experience in life, and all kinds of wonderfully witty and/or horribly snotty retorts spring to your lips immediately.
  • The students of today are witty, and way ahead of us.
  • Teachers who present witty lectures will obviously go over better with parents.
  • She was the witty lady who took me on a campus tour.
  • witty, sometimes bawdy, skater names and costuming lend an air of performance to the sport.
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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