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wittiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wittiness a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wittiness The quality of being witty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wittiness The character of being witty; the quality of being ingenious or clever.
    • n wittiness Something that is witty; an ingenious invention.
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.”
  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes
    “No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more that she can be witty by only the help of speech.”
  • 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.”

Usage

In literature:

It was very smart, and very witty.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
All went well; Vivian wrote a pathetic prologue and a witty epilogue.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
M. You are mighty witty.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He is witty in nothing but framing excuses to sit still, which if the occasion yield not he coineth with ease.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Some of his sayings were really witty, and some of his attitudes truly farcical.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Brilliant and witty, he amused the king and occupied the leisure which peace gave him.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
He was wide-awake and witty.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Our friend is so poetical, so witty, so charming.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
He was handsome, and witty, and possessed a singular charm of manner.
"A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature" by John W. Cousin
There were practical jokes, innocent frolics, and witty verbal debating with repartee.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
But it is the ordinary lot of persons so witty as they to suffer under the misconstructions of prejudice or partial acquaintance.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
This is their humor, the witty or humorous parable being exclusively Jewish.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
From these rhymes, with their home-spun philosophy, one might assume Cats to have been merely a witty peasant.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
He was learned, witty, and amiable.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
The king loved such disguises and representations as were witty and sudden; the more ridiculous, and to him the more pleasant.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
You are too witty, Captain Bertram.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
He enjoyed witty conversation, and especially a good story well told.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences Vol 2 (of 2)" by James Marchant
She is very witty, but her wit is always innocent and kind.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
Some genuine dulness moved his pity Unless it offered to be witty.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
He was lively, witty, good-natur'd, and a pleasant companion, but idle, thoughtless, and imprudent to the last degree.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
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In poetry:

She has a cunning kind of way
Of looking sly and witty,
As if to say, in baby words,
"I know I'm very pretty."
"Our Helen" by Effie Afton
"A castle built of ponderous stones,
To give me future fame;
In honor of my witty Fool,
Betzko shall be its name."
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Betzko, his Jester, pleased him so
He vowed it his the task
To do whatever in human power
His witty Fool might ask.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
`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
He heard the call, while he was flitting,
"I'll not deceive you, trust in me."
Remember, — said this Demon, witty, —
He drowned at the morn in sea.
"The Clever Demon" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

Witty writing in 'Questionable Lullabies'.
Kenny Mayne's witty commentary will tackle Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday's Super Bowl pregame show.
PhRMA sweats Witty's EU samples cap.
MMM > News > PhRMA sweats Witty's EU samples cap.
'Ted,' a toy-bear comedy, is witty but understuffed.
But the revelation is Mekhi Phifer, who shows a witty cool as Future.
Thanks to a witty script and a charming and talented cast, the play is altogether engaging.
New Theatre's 'Game's Afoot ' funny, witty, dressed up.
Every day, literally two or three people go to Kleinheider's Post Politics blog for all the latest news and gossip, complete with his own witty commentary.
Presidential criticism through witty slogans is nothing new.
Strong performances and a witty script elevate this study of an imploding marriage.
She then offered a witty reply that was captured by nearby cameras.
One is by the witty architect and architectural critic Witold Rybczynski, who has written many fine books himself.
An Urbane, Witty, Articulate Politician and Diplomat.
ProArts Inc presents Sylvia, the witty and hilarious off-Broadway comedy hit, as the second production of its fall/winter season.
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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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