Pronunciation: (wit),[key] —n. 1. the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure.
2. speech or writing showing such perception and expression.
3. a person having or noted for such perception and expression.
4. understanding, intelligence, or sagacity; astuteness.
5. Usually, wits. a. powers of intelligent observation, keen perception, ingenious contrivance, or the like; mental acuity, composure, and resourcefulness: using one's wits to get ahead. b. mental faculties; senses: to lose one's wits. 6. at one's wit's end. See end1 (def. 23).
7. keep or have one's wits about one, to remain alert and observant; be prepared for or equal to anything: to keep your wits about you in a crisis. 8. live by one's wits, to provide for oneself by employing ingenuity or cunning; live precariously: We traveled around the world, living by our wits.
Pronunciation: (wit),[key] —v.t., v.i.,pres. sing. 1st pers.wot,2ndwost,3rdwot,pres. pl.wit or wite;past and past part.wist;pres. part.wit•ting. 1. Archaic.to know.
2. to wit, that is to say; namely: It was the time of the vernal equinox, to wit, the beginning of spring.