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wit

noun uk   /wɪt/ us  

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.
See also
Humour and humorous
[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.Intelligent people

wit noun (INTELLIGENCE)

wits [plural] intelligence and the ability to think quickly: She learned to survive on her wits.IntelligencePerceptive
(Definition of wit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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