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Webster 1913 Edition


Witty

Wit′ty

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Wittier
;
sup
erl.
Wittiest
.]
[AS.
witig
,
wittig
. See
Wit
,
Noun.
]
1.
Possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning.
[Obs.]
“The deep-revolving witty Buckingham.”
Shak.
2.
Especially, possessing wit or humor; good at repartee; droll; facetious; sometimes, sarcastic;
as, a
witty
remark, poem, and the like
.
“Honeycomb, who was so unmercifully witty upon the women.”
Addison.
Syn. – Acute; smart; sharp; arch; keen; facetious; amusing; humorous; satirical; ironical; taunting.

Webster 1828 Edition


Witty

WITTY

,
Adj.
[from wit.]
1.
Possessed of wit; full of wit; as a witty poet.
2.
Judicious; ingenious; inventive.
3.
Sarcastic; full of taunts.
Honeycomb was unmercifully witty upon the women.

Definition 2021


witty

witty

English

Adjective

witty (comparative wittier, superlative wittiest)

  1. (obsolete) Wise, having good judgement.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur, Bk.VIII, Ch.viij:
      Then cam there a lady that was a wytty lady, and she seyde playnly unto the Kyng [] that he sholde never be hole but yf that Sir Trystrames wente into the same contrey than the venym came fro, and in that contrey sholde he be holpyn, other ellys never.
  2. (archaic) Possessing a strong intellect or intellectual capacity; intelligent, skilful, ingenious.
  3. Clever; amusingly ingenious.
    His speech was both witty and informative.
  4. Full of wit.
    His frequent quips mark him as particularly witty.
  5. Quick of mind; insightful; in possession of wits.
    She may have grown older, but she has grown no less witty.

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