witty


witty
adjective /ˈwɪti/
a) Possessing a strong intellect or intellectual capacity; intelligent, skilful, ingenious.

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.

b) Clever; amusingly ingenious.

Merlin was perhaps more witty than magical.


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  • Witty — Wit ty, a. [Compar. {Wittier}; superl. {Wittiest}.] [AS. witig, wittig. See {Wit}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. Possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning. [Obs.] The deep revolving witty Buckingham. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • witty — [wit′ē] adj. wittier, wittiest [ME witti < OE wittig < wit, knowledge: see WIT1] 1. having, showing, or characterized by wit; cleverly amusing 2. Now Dial. intelligent; clever wittily adv. wittiness n. SYN. WITTY …   English World dictionary

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  • witty — O.E. wittig clever, wise; see WIT (Cf. wit) (n.) intellect + Y (Cf. y) (2). Meaning possessing sparkling wit is recorded from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

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  • witty — ► ADJECTIVE (wittier, wittiest) ▪ showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humour. DERIVATIVES wittily adverb wittiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • witty — adjective (wittier; est) Date: before 12th century 1. archaic having good intellectual capacity ; intelligent 2. amusingly or ingeniously clever in conception or execution < the costumes are sumptuous and witty Virgil Thomson > < the musical… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • witty */ — UK [ˈwɪtɪ] / US adjective Word forms witty : adjective witty comparative wittier superlative wittiest clever and funny She tried to think of something original and witty to say. a witty, intelligent, and affable man a very witty film script… …   English dictionary

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