Main definitions of whit in English

: whit1Whit2

whit1

noun

  • A very small part or amount.

    ‘the last whit of warmth was drawn off by the setting sun’
    • ‘No amount of talk, therapy or talk therapy will make a whit of difference.’
    • ‘Did the ending make a whit of sense?’
    • ‘All of which now makes me wonder: when you come right down to it, did the antitrust trial of the century make a whit of difference?’
    scrap, bit, tiny amount, speck, iota, particle, ounce, jot, atom, crumb, shred, morsel, trifle, fragment, grain, drop, touch, trace, shadow, suggestion, whisper, suspicion, scintilla, spot, mite, tittle, jot or tittle, modicum
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Phrases

  • every whit

    • Wholly.

      ‘my mother was fond of her and I shall be every whit as fond’
      • ‘Augier replied in language every whit as cutting as that used by his critic.’
      • ‘And the purification is by the communication of a new life and nature in which we are clean every whit.’
      • ‘It would make it every whit as absurd as the ancient system of Pagan polytheism, which, admitting a plurality of deities, allowed an intercommunity among them and their worshipers.’
      • ‘Elvis made more money but Boots Roots was every whit as successful.’
      • ‘But the Genevan church showed itself every whit as masterful and dogmatic as its Roman rival, and its actions were equally justified by an appeal to Divine authority.’
      • ‘I was an incomparably weaker man than Raffles, while every whit as wicked.’
      • ‘Navigating successfully through these novel assumptions will take every whit of mature perspective and human relations expertise that US military leaders can muster.’
      • ‘Miss Braham was every whit as charming and seductive as she had been, some years ago, in the analogous part of Patience.’
      • ‘The builders of the Pyramids were every whit as good as Newton.’
      • ‘Their gowns were every whit as costly as those of the ladies.’
  • not (or never) a whit

    • Not at all.

      ‘Sara had not changed a whit’
      • ‘Most of the dialogue was so-so, but it didn't spoil the movie a whit.’
      • ‘Not a whit of the initial passion for his work has left him 20 years after his campaign.’
      • ‘The development of science did not slow down a whit when scientists ceased to publish in Latin.’
      • ‘In most cases, she wouldn't give a whit about anything happening in Maura's life.’
      • ‘And if Mr. Chandran is dubbed as brash and outspoken by the industry's bigwigs, he does not seem to care a whit.’
      • ‘A majority of Australians knows this and it doesn't matter a whit whether the Opposition likes it or not.’
      • ‘However, the core concern of the business-friendly right hasn't changed a whit.’
      • ‘My point is we're not voting because it doesn't make a whit of difference.’
      • ‘But at that exact moment I did not care a whit what they or any one else thought.’
      • ‘We have never got to the bottom of what happened on the Dirt issue and nobody seems to care a whit about it.’

Origin

Late Middle English: apparently an alteration of obsolete wight ‘small amount’.

Pronunciation

whit

/wɪt/

Main definitions of whit in English

: whit1Whit2

Whit2

noun

British

adjective

British
  • Connected with or following Whit Sunday.

    ‘Whit Monday’
    • ‘From Whit Monday onwards Ash Street had been flooded five times, said the Herald.’
    • ‘Today is Whit Monday and a bank holiday and, as I said I would, I am taking my little cousin to see Finding Nemo.’
    • ‘It gave the lucky owner a fully inclusive 24-hour steam train trip to the capital and back on Whit Saturday, 15 June 1935.’
    • ‘The annual giant auction will be held on Whit Monday, June 7, at Ardscoil Rath Iomghain.’
    • ‘Saddleworth gained revenge for Whit Friday's derby defeat at Greenfield with an eight-wicket Saturday victory.’
    • ‘The Christian holidays of Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Whit Monday are celebrated, and occur on different dates each year.’
    • ‘Historically the carnival replaced the Whit walks and was held in Deepdale because that's where the majority of the West Indian population lived.’
    • ‘It also mentions that at Bowness Gala on Whit Thursday, May 17, 1883, there were 35 prizes.’
    • ‘He has been a dedicated member, who hardly missed a rehearsal and took part in trips abroad and Saddleworth's famous Whit Friday band contest.’
    • ‘The fact that Griffin's pranks occur during Whit Monday adds a humorous irony to a day of celebration and gaiety.’
    • ‘These photos will be taken over the Whit Bank Holiday Weekend, which is from Friday, June 3 to Monday, June 6.’
    • ‘The service will mark Whit Sunday, and the beginning of Christian Aid week.’
    • ‘On Whit Monday, June 7, 1965 the excursion from Preston to York stopped off at Skipton, Ilkley and Otley - the last time a train visited the town.’
    • ‘The winners will progress to the National Finals in Donegal next Whit weekend.’
    • ‘A lot of the houses had their power restored by 7.30 Sunday evening, with the remainder reconnected by 11 am on Whit Monday.’
    • ‘This is one of the busiest times of the year, what with Whit weekend and the good weather.’
    • ‘The dispute concerns the retention of Whit Monday as a public holiday, and the strike has been set for May 16.’
    • ‘Rochdale's best of brass marched into Saddleworth and came home with several prizes in the annual Whit Friday band contests.’
    • ‘The citizens of York delighted in the brilliant weather, which was enjoyed for the Whit Monday holiday.’
    • ‘A recent survey, published by the daily Le Parisien, showed that two-thirds of French people were against giving up their Whit Monday day off.’

Pronunciation

Whit

/wɪt/