- wit [wıt] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(amusing)¦2¦(amusing person)¦3 wits4 frighten/scare/terrify somebody out of their wits5 gather/collect/recover etc your wits6 pit your wits against somebody7 be at your wits' end8 have the wit to do something9 not be beyond the wit of somebody10 to wit▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: 'knowledge, intelligence']1.) ¦(AMUSING)¦[U]the ability to say things that are clever and amusing▪ a woman of great wit and charmquick/dry/sharp etc wit▪ His sharp wit had them all smiling.2.) ¦(AMUSING PERSON)¦someone who is able to say clever and amusing things3.) wits [plural]your ability to think quickly and make the right decisions▪ Alone and penniless, I was forced to live on my wits .keep/have your wits about you(=be ready to think quickly and do what is necessary in a difficult situation)4.) frighten/scare/terrify sb out of their wits informalto frighten someone very much▪ I was terrified out of my wits at the very idea.5.) gather/collect/recover etc your witsto make yourself think about what you are going to do next after you have been surprised by something▪ I felt helpless, but tried to gather my wits.6.) pit your wits against sbto compete against someone in a test of knowledge or intelligence7.) be at your wits' endto be very upset and not know what to do, because you have tried everything possible to solve a problem8.) have the wit to do sthformal to be clever enough to know the right thing to do▪ Thankfully, Reid had the wit to see what was wrong with the plan.9.) not be beyond the wit of sbformal not be too difficult for someone to do▪ It's surely not beyond the wit of man to come up with a solution.10.) to witold use or formal used to introduce additional information which makes it clear exactly who or what you are talking about= ↑namely▪ This does not stop me giving you a little treat. To wit, an invitation to dine at Brown's.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.