wit - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the ability to use words in a clever way to make people laugh

    He is a man of great wit, sensitivity, and passion.

    a dry/biting/acerbic/caustic wit (=the tendency to say clever and slightly cruel things):

    Perelman was known for his acerbic wit.

    1. a.
      [countable] someone who uses words in a clever and funny way
    2. b.
      [singular/uncountable] the ability to make people laugh without using words

      The original film had both wit and poignancy.

  2. 2


    [plural] your ability to think quickly and make sensible decisions
    quick wits:

    a young hero admired for his courage and quick wits

    gather/collect your wits (=try to start thinking clearly):

    Claudia paused, trying to gather her wits enough to reply.

    keep/have your wits about you:

    Keep your wits about you at all times.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] formal intelligence

    You’d think they’d have the wit to send someone who could speak the language.

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