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witty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj witty combining clever conception and facetious expression "his sermons were unpredictably witty and satirical as well as eloquent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Witty 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."
    • Witty Possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning. "The deep-revolving witty Buckingham."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • witty Possessed of wisdom or learning; wise; discreet; knowing; artful.
    • witty Exhibiting intelligence or ingenuity; clever; skilfully devised.
    • witty Possessed of wit; smartly or cleverly facetious; ready with strikingly novel, clever, shrewd, and amusing sayings, or with sharp repartee; brilliant, sparkling, and original in expressing amusing notions or ideas; hence, sometimes, sarcastic; satirical: of persons.
    • witty Characterized by or pregnant with wit: as, a witty remark or repartee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Witty possessed of wit: amusing: droll: sarcastic: :
    • adj Witty (B.) ingenious
    • adj Witty (Shak.) wise, discreet
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.”
  • Jim Critchfield
    Jim Critchfield
    “You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.”
  • Honore De Balzac
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    “It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.”
  • Jane Austen
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    “One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. witig, wittig,. See Wit (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wit, from the verb above.

Usage

In literature:

Lady Wathin's table could dispense with witty women, and, for that matter, witty men.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Oh, he can be most entertaining, most witty, and amusing.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
He had written down that all witty women were worldly, but that all worldly women were not witty.
"Half a Rogue" by Harold MacGrath
He could be stately with Spaniards, familiar with Flemings witty with Italians.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
She has neither an emancipated aquiline nose nor a witty little snub nose.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
CONCEIT, idea, fancy, witty invention, conception, opinion.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
CONCEIT, idea, fancy, witty invention, conception, opinion.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
CONCEIT, idea, fancy, witty invention, conception, opinion.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
I do not know that he was very witty; but he was pleasant.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Very good indeed, Mr. Brandon; it is seldom that I have heard so witty a phrase.
"Paul Clifford, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But he did it from a feeling that it was chic, and thought it witty.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
I have heard you say my aunt is as witty as any woman alive, and need fear the tongue of no dowager in England.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
A notable simile, and one in every way worthy of that most witty of mankind, Samuel Butler.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
At dinner the marquis was unusually brilliant and witty.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
I take no part in his triumphs; I do not hear the witty or profound remarks made to others!
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
You are witty, Abbot.
"Children's Classics in Dramatic Form" by Augusta Stevenson
She is witty and downright, and her every thought and action is kindly.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
Poesy is a beauteous damsel, chaste, honourable, discreet, witty, retired, and who keeps herself within the limits of propriety.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
So she cuts him short, and draws this acid, witty little sketch for him.
"Browning's Heroines" by Ethel Colburn Mayne
The Duchess, charming, witty, kind, and sensible.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
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In poetry:

Beauty death turns to rottenness,
And youth to wrinkled face;
The witty he brings to distress,
And wantons to disgrace.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
And ere we came to Leonard's Rock
He sang those witty rhymes
About the crazy old church-clock,
And the bewildered chimes.
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
'Twas in a land of learning,
The Muse's favourite city,
Such pranks of late
Were play'd by a rat,
As—tempt one to be witty.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
Oh! it maketh old men witty,
Young men wanton, women idle,
While that patience weeps, for pity
Reason bite not nature's bridle.
"A Quarrel With Love" by Nicholas Breton
`Or of the church-clock and the chimes
Sing here beneath the shade
That half-mad thing of witty rhymes
Which you last April made!'
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
And she whose gentle silver grace,
So wise of speech and kind of face,
Whose every wise and witty word
Fell shy, half blushing to be heard.
"Paris Day" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Andrew Witty has an eye for a bargain.
'Q' takes a witty ride down 'Sesame Street'.
Shooting Suspect Was Quiet, Witty: Friends.
It's polished, witty, tuneful and, if you've hit middle age, unsettling.
So you think you know the witty, stylish songwriter.
Murger's Bohemians are charming and witty, but a bit more decadent than their counterparts in Puccini's opera.
A witty "Passover Rhapsody ".
A cross-country move inspired her to create witty, wedding-gift-worthy tableware.
Recognized for her sharp and witty writing, Nora Ephron was one of a small number of women who successfully wrote and directed in the male-dominated film industry.
If you like women who are smart, witty, and talk your ears off in a good way, you should know her.
Stop here to stock up on Ted Baker's witty men's and women's clothing, accessories, footwear, and fragrances.
I N THE PAST, Pickathon's non-musical entertainments have been limited to witty emcees and impromptu hula hoop displays.
Witty 'Power Plays' observes several odd relationships.
No animals were harmed in the making of this witty fake taxidermy.
Like a lot of comedians, Tulsa native Ike Witty fled L.A. Loving comedy but tired of the Southern California grind.
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In science:

The neologism MACHO seems to have been first used in print by Griest 4 as a witty counterpoise to WIMPS (weakly interacting massive particles).
RIP: The Macho Era (1974-2004)
Of course, if laughter afforded displeasure the social function of humour would change: the society would try to get rid of it by censorship, prosecution of witty people and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
For witty and inspiring beginning of chapter quotes, I much prefer .
Review of "Garden of integrals"
N → ∞ limit is reached, as witty as it may sound, somewhere near a dozen.
Jacobi Theta-functions and Discrete Fourier Transforms
The proof of Fermi, very instructive and witty although strictly speaking not conclusive from a physical viewpoint, remained one of the few attempts made in the first sixty years of the 1900’s by theoretical physicists, to understand the importance of of Poincar´e’s theorem.
Quasi periodic motions from Hipparchus to Kolmogorov
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