Definition of quick-witted in US English:



  • Showing or characterized by an ability to think or respond quickly and effectively.

    • ‘He looks powerful but perfectly balanced, and his manner is alert and quick-witted.’
    • ‘With Mercury in Aries and the Sun in the 3rd house ruled by Mars, he was quick-witted, intellectually motivated, an avid reader and a passionate speaker.’
    • ‘Though all the clever and distinctive stylistic tics are there, the dialogue isn't nearly as sharp or quick-witted and the plot itself is rather lumbering, meaning the pace flags and sags on too many occasions.’
    • ‘She's clearly an intelligent woman, quick-witted and self-effacing, so doesn't she worry that her job is essentially stupid?’
    • ‘As always, Rathbone gives us a Holmes that is quick-witted and focused, able to deduce what mere mortals cannot.’
    • ‘Elizabeth was a different kind of Queen: quick-witted, clever and able to use feminine wiles to get her own way.’
    • ‘And when that draws sarcastic comment from the management team, his ability to offer quick-witted retorts allows him to ride the banter as effortlessly as another lunge from a desperate defender.’
    • ‘Intellectually quick-witted and bright, with an abrasive edge, Reid did well in school.’
    • ‘In local parlance he would be regarded as a ‘character’, quick-witted and always ready for a bit of ‘devilment’.’
    • ‘When asked about the vacant manager's post at Spurs, O'Neill response was quick-witted.’
    • ‘Though a stranger in a strange land, Maria is quick-witted, intelligent, and empathetic enough to figure out how to deal with the various characters she comes across.’
    • ‘It's one thing to be smart and quick-witted, but can you back it up?’
    • ‘Naturally quick-witted with a sharp tongue, he ponders decisions with mathematical precision.’
    • ‘Hicks is a true American original: handsome, well spoken, intelligent and quick-witted, intensely passionate and fiercely political.’
    • ‘Fact is, Carson was as brilliant and quick-witted a comedian then, in 1989, as he was in 1969.’
    • ‘Evan is intelligent and quick-witted but sometimes a little lost in the modern world of speed dating and go-getting career women.’
    • ‘He was a good guy - quick-witted, intelligent and funny when the right moment arose.’
    • ‘Undemonstrative, quick-witted, alert and intelligent: he has it all.’
    • ‘Confident to the point of brashness, intelligent and quick-witted - all key attributes for an MC - he's a product of his surroundings.’
    • ‘She was loving and generally patient with those she deemed worthy, and, as I said before, she was quick-witted and intelligent.’
    alert, astute, perceptive, quick, quick-thinking, sharp-witted, sharp, shrewd, penetrating, discerning, perspicacious
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