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Witty definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

WITTY, a. [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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: combining clever conception and facetious expression; "his sermons were unpredictably witty and satirical as well as eloquent"

Merriam Webster's

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 background is…often witty — Wolcott Gibbs> 3. marked by or full of wit ; smartly facetious or jocular <a witty novel> 4. quick or ready to see or express illuminating or amusing relationships or insights <a witty raconteur> • wittily adverbwittiness noun Synonyms: witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <a witty remark>. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <humorous anecdotes>. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <facetious comments>. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <a jocular fellow>. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <jocose proposals>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (wittier, wittiest) 1 showing verbal wit. 2 characterized by wit or humour. Derivatives: wittily adv. wittiness n. Etymology: OE witig, wittig (as WIT(1), -Y(1))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Witty Wit"ty, a. [Compar. Wittier; superl. Wittiest.] [AS. witig, wittig. See Wit, n.] 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(wittier, wittiest) Someone or something that is witty is amusing in a clever way. His plays were very good, very witty... He is a very witty speaker. ADJ

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

See WIST, WITTY, WOT.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Facetious, humorous, jocular, jocose, waggish, droll, funny, pleasant. 2. Sprightly, sparkling, alert, quick, penetrating, apt at repartee.

Moby Thesaurus

Attic, absurd, amusing, biting, bizarre, brilliant, clever, diverting, droll, eccentric, entertaining, facetious, funny, hilarious, humorous, humorsome, incongruous, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joky, joshing, keen, keen-witted, laughable, ludicrous, mordant, nimble-witted, penetrating, piercing, pointed, priceless, probing, pungent, quaint, quick-witted, quizzical, rapier-like, rich, ridiculous, risible, salt, salty, scintillating, screaming, sharp, smart, sparkling, sprightly, whimsical



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