Definition of sharp-witted in English:



  • (of a person) quick to notice and understand things.

    ‘she's a sharp-witted interviewer with a knack for extracting embarrassing quotes’
    • ‘We have asked sharp-witted political observers, party insiders and Tyee contributors to post their thoughts using the comments feature that follows this introduction.’
    • ‘The sharp-witted reader will have seen the subtle problems this can give rise to.’
    • ‘Acerbic, sharp-witted and adroit at playing any instrument ever invented, he transformed the image of pre-mediaeval music from scholarly study to sheer fun.’
    • ‘But the irony was not supposed to be hard-hearted or sharp-witted.’
    • ‘She remains a formidable presence, still charismatic and sharp-witted after six decades of fame.’
    • ‘The opera tells of the adventures of a sharp-witted young vixen cub who defies all men who want to tame her to explore life for herself in the forest.’
    • ‘He was a sharp-witted guy, changing and drifting around girlfriends as much as he changed his clothes - maybe even a little more frequent.’
    • ‘Eustache's dialogues are sharp-witted and astute, his characters larger than life from the start.’
    • ‘He was very lively, sharp-witted, and perceptive about many things - yet he could also be bitter, cruel in his observations, and reckless in his behaviour.’
    • ‘For all the digging and exposing and sharp-witted quipping the film offers, there's not a mean-spirited moment in it.’
    • ‘It's a weak supposition - unworthy of the sharp-witted Miss Bennet.’
    • ‘Her elderly guardian does everything he can to foil her happiness but sharp-witted Figaro ensures true love triumphs.’
    • ‘But, although it's undeniably visceral, in the end it's a sharp-witted study of sentimentalised violence and the use of language as a form of moral camouflage.’
    • ‘Barker, however, retains the sharp, cynical eye of Wilde's writing, and the result is that rare creature: a period film that is both sharp-witted and good fun.’
    • ‘I think there's a distracting absurdity about his music because it deflects you slightly from the fact that he's often very sharp-witted; there are some very pointed observations within his songs.’
    • ‘Thousands of retail investors joined sharp-witted institutions in making millions of pounds from the short-lived collapse in share prices that followed the terrorist strikes in London on Thursday.’
    • ‘He was a sharp-witted polemicist (as his press conferences with western journalists showed), but he used simple language, frequently making his point with references to the Old Testament.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I must refer my sharp-witted fourth correspondent to one of my books for a detailed argument.’
    • ‘As the sharp-witted Dana will observe in a later episode, Sarah wants to have things both ways.’
    • ‘In fact, this polite and sharp-witted man got into museum work whilst working as a boat builder.’
    perceptive, discerning, percipient, perspicacious, penetrative, piercing, penetrating, discriminating, sensitive, incisive, keen, keen-witted, acute, quick, quick-witted, clever, shrewd, astute, intelligent, intuitive, bright, agile, nimble, nimble-witted, alert, quick off the mark, ready, apt, fine, finely honed, rapier-like, probing, searching, insightful, knowing
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