- 1 (often plural/frecuentemente plural) (intelligence) inteligencia (feminine); (ingenuity) ingenio (masculine) no one had the wit(s) to call the police nadie tuvo el tino or la inteligencia de llamar a la policía come on, use your wit(s) vamos, usa la cabeza or vamos, discurre to be at one's wits' end estar* desesperado, no saber* más qué hacer to drive sb out of her/his wits [colloquial/familiar] sacar* a algn de quicio to frighten o scare sb out of her/his wits [colloquial/familiar] darle* a algn un susto de muerte [colloquial/familiar] the poor child was scared out of its wits la pobre criatura estaba asustadísima to gather o collect one's wits (after shock, surprise) recuperarse (order one's thoughts) poner* las ideas en orden to have/keep one's wits about one estar* alerta or atento, andar* con mucho ojo to live by one's wits vivir de su ( or mi etc) ingenio to sharpen one's wits aguzar* el ingenioExample sentences
- However, their quick wits and intelligence often brings them through, and they may make a fortune from nothing.
- Effectively using their wits and their wit for political advocacy, they wrote, directed, acted, or did voiceovers.
- If not for my quick wits, she would probably be reading me Old Mother Hubbard by now.
- 2 2.1 uncountable/no numerable (humor) ingenio (masculine), agudeza (feminine) the play was full of wit la obra era muy ingeniosa she has a dry wit es muy aguda or mordaz his ready wit endeared him to all con sus agudezas or sus ocurrencias or su chispa se conquistó a todo el mundo 2.2 countable/numerable (person) persona (feminine) ingeniosa or ocurrente, ingenio (masculine)Example sentences
- Hanahoe is a great wit and began the banter that day when congratulating Kerry on their 5-11 to 0-9 win.
- As a feminist wit quipped in this regard, ‘Ginger did everything Fred did except backwards and in high heels!’
- The wits who complained that it would clash with the home side's tangerine shirts had forgotten that the previous one came in the colours of Ayr.
- His acid wit and quick humour have made him a television star, but this summer Clive Anderson will return to his roots when he appears at the Edinburgh Fringe venue which helped launch his career.
- Popular presenter Sue Sweeney brings her quick wit and comic humour to a new show on Saturdays starting at 9.00 am following the success of her Tuesday evening programme.
- But equal to this was his quick wit and indomitable humour.