There are 2 main definitions of whit in English:

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whit 1

Pronunciation: /(h)wit/


[in singular]
A very small part or amount: the last whit of warmth was drawn off by the setting sun
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  • 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?
  • No amount of talk, therapy or talk therapy will make a whit of difference.
  • Did the ending make a whit of sense?



every whit

Wholly: my mother was fond of her and I shall be every whit as fond
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  • Navigating successfully through these novel assumptions will take every whit of mature perspective and human relations expertise that US military leaders can muster.
  • 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.
  • Elvis made more money but Boots Roots was every whit as successful.

not (or never) a whit

Not at all: Sara had not changed a whit
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  • Not a whit of the initial passion for his work has left him 20 years after his campaign.
  • Most of the dialogue was so-so, but it didn't spoil the movie a whit.
  • And if Mr. Chandran is dubbed as brash and outspoken by the industry's bigwigs, he does not seem to care a whit.


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

Words that rhyme with whit

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Whit 2

Pronunciation: /wɪt/

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short for Whitsuntide.


Connected with or following Whit Sunday: Whit Monday
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  • It gave the lucky owner a fully inclusive 24-hour steam train trip to the capital and back on Whit Saturday, 15 June 1935.
  • 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.

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