The word "wit" is similar to the word "humor" except that wit is dependent on intellect to make people laugh or provide amusement.
- Audiences are attracted by a comedian’s humor and wit.
- The speaker’s remarks were laced with wit and sarcasm.
- She knows how to use wit to support her arguments.
- Garrison Keillor is known for his brilliant wit.
- Brevity is the soul of wit. (This is a well-known proverb.)
The comic surprised his audience with his dry wit.
The word "witty" is an adjective:
- The woman made a very witty remark.
- That’s a very witty expression.
- How witty!
- That’s so witty.
- We love that TV show because the host is so witty.
- The man likes to think he’s witty, but he really lacks an understanding of wit.
You can also use the word "wit" when referring to a person’s ability to think through difficult situations. (In this case the word "wit" is always plural: wits.)
- You really have to have your wits about you when traveling to a foreign country.
- After being a teacher for 40 years, the old man lost his wits.
- You have to use your wits to figure out what to do.
- I’m at my wits’ end. (This is an expression. It means that you are very frustrated with a situation or a person.)
- He gets by on his wits. (He does well because he’s smart.)
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December 2, 2019