One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1also wits‘Eleanor was possessed of a great deal of native wit’
intelligence, shrewdness, astuteness, cleverness, canniness, acuteness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, sense, good sense, common sense, wisdom, sagacity, judgement, understanding, acumen, discernment, perception, insight, percipience, perspicacity
informal nous, gumption, horse sense
British informal common
North American informal savvy, smarts
2‘I wanted to bowl him over with my sparkling wit’
wittiness, humour, funniness, facetiousness, drollery, waggishness
repartee, badinage, banter, wordplay, raillery, jokes, witticisms, quips, puns
3‘she's such a wit’
wag, comedian, humorist, funny person, comic, joker, jokester
dated, informal card, caution
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