Definition of witty in English:


Syllabification: wit·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈwidē

adjective (wittier, wittiest)

Showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor: a witty remark Marlowe was charming and witty
More example sentences
  • Mahd might have a witty sense of humour but he always has words of wisdom to say to me.
  • Mrs. Drollmere had been a lively woman with a shrewd and witty sense of humour.
  • For this to be a real success, the programme would have also to be witty and inventive in its use of language.
jocular, facetious, waggish, tongue-in-cheek;
sparkling, scintillating, entertaining;
clever, quick-witted


Old English wit(t)ig 'having wisdom' (see wit1, -y1).



Pronunciation: /ˈwitəlē/
More example sentences
  • I was particularly impressed by her brief, but clear and accurate, description of postmodernist art in a chapter wittily entitled ‘Karaoke for Curators’.
  • ‘You're the reason I sing,’ it offers, before adding, wittily, ‘You're the reason why opera is in me.’
  • ‘And I do not have the cash,’ I wittily riposted.


More example sentences
  • Writers must always be careful to weigh the wittiness of their readers against the obviousness of the written humour.
  • He over-compensates for his Napoleonic height with a cocksure manner, but the inmates have warmed to his lewd wittiness.
  • I thought the movie would be ok, but nothing could prepare me for the cleverness, the obscene wittiness, and the overall awesomeness.

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