1 intelligence, brains, mind, (common) sense, judgement, understanding, discernment, wisdom, sagacity, insight, astuteness, cleverness, Slang savvy:
He hasn't the wit to know when he's being insulted.
2 humour, drollery, levity, joking, repartee, raillery, facetiousness, waggishness, badinage, repartee, jocularity, wordplay, paronomasia; amusement, entertainment:
Some say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.
3 comedian, comedienne, humorist, comic, wag, joker, farceur, farceuse, punster, madcap, zany; parodist, satirist, caricaturist; Colloq pundit, card, character:
In the face of such a devastating remark, even the club wit was struck dumb.
1 sorceress, enchantress, magician, sibyl, pythoness; warlock:
The witches prophesied that Macbeth would be king.
2 hag, fury, battleaxe, crone, gorgon, Medusa, ogress, Xanthippe, shrew, virago, harridan, fishwife, termagant, Archaic beldam or beldame, Offensive old bag, bitch:
How could you stand living with the old witch for so many years?
1 clever use of words
great | quick, ready | acerbic, barbed, biting, caustic, dry, sarcastic, sardonic, scathing, sharp, wicked | gentle | dazzling, sparkling
VERB + WIT
He had a dry wit.
wit and wisdom
a book full of the wit and wisdom of his 30 years in politics
She had to use all her native wit to convince the police.
VERB + WIT
I hope he's got the wit to take the key with him.
beyond the wit of man
(= impossible)It should not be beyond the wit of man to resolve this dispute
3 wits: ability to think quickly
VERB + WIT
She couldn't seem to gather her wits and tell us what had happened.
| blunt, dull
Living alone in the country had dulled his wits.
a battle of wits
The strike developed into a battle of wits between management and workers.
| have/keep your wits about you
They do tough interviews so you'll need to have your wits about you.
| pit your wits against sb
Celebrity teams pit their wits against each other in this lively quiz show.
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