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witnoun

uk   us   /wɪt/
  • wit noun (HUMOUR)

C1 [S or U] the ​ability to use words in a ​clever and ​humorous way: a woman of ​greatintelligence and wit Her ​conversationsparkled with her own ​subtleblend of wit and ​charm. He was ​known for his dry/ready/sharp wit.
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[C] a ​person who is ​skilled at using words in a ​clever and ​humorous way: Sydney Smith, a ​notable wit, ​onceremarked that he never ​read a ​book before he ​reviewed it because it might ​prejudice his ​opinion of it.

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(Definition of wit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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witnoun [C/U]

 us   /wɪt/
the ​ability to use words in an ​amusing and ​intelligent way, or a ​person who has this ​ability: [U] The warmth and wit of her ​literarystylebring the ​subject to ​life.
(Definition of wit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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