- 1 (often plural/frecuentemente plural) (intelligence) inteligencia (f); (ingenuity) ingenio (m) 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 ingenioMore example 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 (m), agudeza (f) 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 (f) ingeniosa or ocurrente, ingenio (m)More example sentences
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- 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.
In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.