Meaning of “wit” in the English Dictionary

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"wit" in British English

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witnoun

uk /wɪt/ us /wɪt/

wit noun (HUMOUR)

C1 [ S or U ] the ability to use words in a clever and humorous way:

a woman of great intelligence and wit
Her conversation sparkled with her own subtle blend 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, once remarked that he never read a book before he reviewed it because it might prejudice his opinion of it.

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  • He's not known for his coruscating wit.
  • She had a laconic wit.
  • His friends praised his generosity, wit and learning.
  • This is a musical with polish and wit.
  • He was charming, with a ready wit .

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

"wit" in American English

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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 literary style bring the subject to life.

(Definition of “wit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)