Definition of witty in US English:

witty

adjective

  • Showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor.

    ‘a witty remark’
    ‘Marlowe was charming and witty’
    • ‘Mrs. Drollmere had been a lively woman with a shrewd and witty sense of humour.’
    • ‘If you are to match it you are going to have to be witty and clever in your approach to dressing.’
    • ‘The trio presented witty, rude, clever songs, mostly delivered at a ferocious pace.’
    • ‘Mahd might have a witty sense of humour but he always has words of wisdom to say to me.’
    • ‘He was a native of Monaghan town and was a witty guy, with the cool Monaghan sense of humour.’
    • ‘He was a witty, engaging, clever man who devoted his life to a political philosophy.’
    • ‘Maybe they think that person is a highly entertaining, witty and exciting individual.’
    • ‘They knew there was a lot more to this warm, witty, sparkly and sprightly show than just the title song.’
    • ‘I have nothing funny or witty to say about it because it really does bring me to tears.’
    • ‘What's more, the narrative has pace and is injected with witty dialogue and humour.’
    • ‘What shines through are the wonderful and witty lyrics and dastardly clever arrangements.’
    • ‘Radcliffe is witty and entertaining, but talks in diffident stops and starts.’
    • ‘We try and think of something clever, something witty, current, hard to pronounce.’
    • ‘The story of three feuding women is described as touching, funny, wise and gloriously witty.’
    • ‘We were, after all, out for a ladylike evening of sparkling chat and witty repartee.’
    • ‘It may sound boring and not clever or witty of me but I really, genuinely think it matters.’
    • ‘For this to be a real success, the programme would have also to be witty and inventive in its use of language.’
    • ‘The music is a mixture of gospel, blues and jazz and the dialogue is quick and witty.’
    • ‘I was thinking of something funny or witty to say to him, but I couldn't think of anything.’
    • ‘He himself has made inventive and witty use of the Glasgow dialect in much of his work.’
    humorous, amusing, droll, funny, comic, comical, chucklesome
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Origin

Old English wit(t)ig ‘having wisdom’ (see wit, -y).

Pronunciation

witty

/ˈwɪdi//ˈwidē/