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Ready-witted

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ready-witted Having ready wit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ready-witted having ready wit: clever: sharp
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽderídan, to ride; Scot. red, to put in order, Ger. be-reit, ready.

Usage

In literature:

The ready-witted Elia often took the creature out with him when walking at Enfield.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
I was in the temper for a confession, and ready to tell my tale to anyone with wit enough to coax it from me.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Clarence proved himself alert and quick witted in retort, with an answer ready for every objection.
"Love at Paddington" by W. Pett Ridge
She must have no time to use her ready wit.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
His tongue was more ready, his wit more keen than usual.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
My heart was ready to burst and my eyes to overflow with tears when I witnessed distress which I could not relieve.
"An interesting journal of Abner Stocking of Chatham, Connecticut" by Abner Stocking
I like ready wit in a woman.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
And behind his back the Queen marvelled at the King's ready wit.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
The ready-witted woman understood the lofty Indian spirit of her brother.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
The street had given him his self-assurance, his ready tongue and his wit.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
The above ready reply to what she would have called their "searchin' question" proved her a woman of quick wit and fine imagination.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
A ready wit called to its aid a well-stored mind.
"In Château Land" by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
With strong sense, and the greatest readiness of wit, a certain tendency to hesitation was hereditary in the line of Fox.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Men and women, immeasurably her inferiors, surpassed her in ready wit and brilliant repartee.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
Nay, more; the papal tribunal that tried the case was told that all these witnesses and documents were ready to be produced.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Perhaps others in Ryeville besides the old men have been cheered by her happy face and ready wit and sympathy.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
He had a flattering tongue, a ready wit, and a gallant manner.
"Paul Jones" by Hutchins Hapgood
I found the regiment assembled all ready to witness my punishment: the place chosen for it was the square of a convent.
"The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence" by William Lawrence
When it comes to giving pleasure, their wits are far less ready.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
What pure, what ready wit!
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
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In poetry:

Ready the Spirit of his love
Just now the stony to remove,
To apply, and witness with the blood,
And wash and seal the sons of God.
"Sinners, Obey the Gospel-Word!" by Charles Wesley
Sphinx was a monster that would eat
Whatever stranger she could get,
Unless his ready wit disclosed
The subtile riddle she proposed.
"Two Riddles. -- 1710" by Matthew Prior
He held them up, and in his turn
Thus show’d his ready wit:
“My head is twice as big as yours,
They therefore needs must fit.”
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Vainly he strove, with ready wit,
To joke about the weather -
To ventilate the last 'ON DIT' -
To quote the price of leather -
She groaned "Here I and Sorrow sit:
Let us lament together!"
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll
"Now if de devil would show hese'f
An' say to me, 'Tiens! Louis!
Hard tam an' work she’s at an' en',
You’ll leev' lak a Grand Seigneur ma frien',
If only you’ll be ready w'en
I want you to come wit' me.'
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
So we settle on de reever wit' de bush for miles behin' us--
Here we buil' de firse log shaintee, only me an' Rosalie--
Dat’s de woman help her husban'! an' w'en winter come an' fin' us
We was ready waitin' for heem jus' as happy as could be.
"Pioneers" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

I'm sure that by now you've already ready the PW recap of the 2012 Carle Honors called, so fittingly, Wit, Wisdom and One Very Drunk Puppet.
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah 's Witnesses ready to go.
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses ready to go.
Get ready to witness one of the most awesome live concert moments ever.
At Holden 's hearing on July 18, Scott J Murphy, executive director of the Judicial Review Council, had witnesses at the ready to bring a case against Holden .
Scott Pilgrim vs The World has arrived, ready to win you over with power-pop hooks, nostalgia-soaked references and so much dry wit that you might have to see it again, just to take it all in.
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