- 1 (often plural) (intelligence)(ingenuity) ingenio (masculine)no one had the wit(s) to call the policenadie tuvo el tino or la inteligencia de llamar a la policíacome on, use your wit(s) to be at one's wits' endestar desesperadoto drive somebody out of her/his wits [colloquial]
no saber más qué hacersacar a alguien de quicioto frighten or scare somebody out of her/his wits [colloquial]darle a alguien un susto de muerte [colloquial]the poor child was scared out of its witsla pobre criatura estaba asustadísimato gather or collect one's wits(after shock, surprise) recuperarse(order one's thoughts) poner las ideas en ordento have/keep one's wits about oneestar alerta or atentoto live by one's wits
andar con mucho ojovivir de su ( or mi etc. ) ingenioto sharpen one's witsExample 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 (humor) the play was full of witla obra era muy ingeniosashe has a dry wites muy aguda or mordazhis ready wit endeared him to allcon sus agudezas or sus ocurrencias or su chispa se conquistó a todo el mundoExample sentences2.2 countable (person)
persona (feminine) ingeniosa or ocurrente
- 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.
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.
- to witExample sentences
- Given that the map on the right clearly says ‘Baghdad’ in the middle, I assume you're using that staple of British wit, to wit, ‘irony.’
- I haven't time to answer him now, but I was interested in something one of his commenters said: to wit, that Social Security was put in place to replace the retirement savings of people who were wiped out in the 1929 crash.
- The incursion of sectarian orthodoxy in Indian history involves two distinct problems, to wit, narrow sectarianism, and unreasoned orthodoxy.
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