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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wit mean? 

WIT (noun)
  The noun WIT has 3 senses:

1. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
2. mental ability
3. a witty amusing person who makes jokes

  Familiarity information: WIT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

WIT (noun)

Sense 1wit [BACK TO TOP]


A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


humor; wittiness; wit; witticism; humour

Hypernyms ("wit" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Domain member usage:

libation ((facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage)

roaster (a harsh or humorous critic (sometimes intended as a facetious compliment))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wit"):

jeu d'esprit (a witty comment or writing)

ribaldry (ribald humor)

fun; play; sport (verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously))

cartoon; sketch (a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine)

caricature; imitation; impersonation (a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect)

gag; jape; jest; joke; laugh (a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter)

repartee (adroitness and cleverness in reply)

caustic remark; irony; sarcasm; satire (witty language used to convey insults or scorn)

bite; pungency (wit having a sharp and caustic quality)

esprit de l'escalier (a witty remark that occurs to you too late)

bon mot; mot (a clever remark)

topper (an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before)

Sense 2wit [BACK TO TOP]


Mental ability

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


brainpower; learning ability; mental capacity; brain; wit; mentality

Context example:

he's got plenty of brains but no common sense

Hypernyms ("wit" is a kind of...):

intelligence (the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience)

Sense 3wit [BACK TO TOP]


A witty amusing person who makes jokes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


wag; wit; card

Hypernyms ("wit" is a kind of...):

humorist; humourist (someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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