Definition of sharp-witted in English:



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

    • ‘Eustache's dialogues are sharp-witted and astute, his characters larger than life from the start.’
    • ‘In fact, this polite and sharp-witted man got into museum work whilst working as a boat builder.’
    • ‘Her elderly guardian does everything he can to foil her happiness but sharp-witted Figaro ensures true love triumphs.’
    • ‘It's a weak supposition - unworthy of the sharp-witted Miss Bennet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I must refer my sharp-witted fourth correspondent to one of my books for a detailed argument.’
    • ‘For all the digging and exposing and sharp-witted quipping the film offers, there's not a mean-spirited moment in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the sharp-witted Dana will observe in a later episode, Sarah wants to have things both ways.’
    • ‘But the irony was not supposed to be hard-hearted or sharp-witted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She remains a formidable presence, still charismatic and sharp-witted after six decades of fame.’
    • ‘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.’
    perceptive, discerning, percipient, perspicacious, penetrative, piercing, penetrating, discriminating, sensitive, incisive, keen, keen-witted, acute, sharp-witted, 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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