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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a witty remark (=one that is clever and amusing)
▪ I tried to think of a witty remark to make.
▪ Outrageously camp and very witty, Paul was an habitué of the Colony Room where he and Minton may have first met.
▪ In addition to being very bright, he was very witty.
▪ His verses are very witty, hysterical.
▪ a witty speaker
▪ I enjoyed the play - it had a clever plot and a very witty script.
▪ Sam is intelligent, witty, and great fun to be with.
▪ Almodovar's dialogue is witty, the plot effortlessly intricate, and the boys wonderfully wicked.
▪ Both depictions, as laconic and witty as Degas can be, show Cassatt engaged in passive and typically feminine pastimes.
▪ He is outspoken, witty, occasionally vulgar, and when he smiles his whole face lights up.
▪ He was charming and witty, but, although Caroline was polite, she offered no encouragement.
▪ His collection was warm and witty and, to my layman's eye, wonderful.
▪ Raymond was witty and unusual and from time to time he was invited to drink coffee at the artists' cafés.
▪ Sammler, especially when greatly irritated or provoked when he felt galled, said witty things.
▪ Seibel has exclusive rights to play the late, witty illustrator, and comes to Tucson as part of a national tour.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Witty \Wit"ty\, a. [Compar. Wittier; superl. Wittiest.] [AS. witig, wittig. See Wit, n.]

  1. Possessed of wit; knowing; wise; skillful; judicious; clever; cunning. [Obs.] ``The deep-revolving witty Buckingham.''

  2. Especially, possessing wit or humor; good at repartee; droll; facetious; sometimes, sarcastic; as, a witty remark, poem, and the like. ``Honeycomb, who was so unmercifully witty upon the women.''

    Syn: Acute; smart; sharp; arch; keen; facetious; amusing; humorous; satirical; ironical; taunting.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English wittig "clever, wise, sagacious; in one's right mind;" see wit (n.) "intellect" + -y (2). Meaning "possessing sparkling wit" is recorded from 1580s. Related: Wittily; wittiness.


a. 1 (label en obsolete) wise, having good judgement. 2 (label en archaic) Possessing a strong intellect or intellectual capacity; intelligent, skilful, ingenious. 3 clever; amusingly ingenious. 4 Full of wit. 5 Quick of mind; insightful; in possession of wits.

  1. adj. combining clever conception and facetious expression; "his sermons were unpredictably witty and satirical as well as eloquent"

  2. [also: wittiest, wittier]


Witty may refer to:

  • Witty (surname), list of people with the name
  • Witty (computer worm)
  • Witty (software), a Twitter client
Witty (computer worm)

The Witty worm is a computer worm that attacks the firewall and other computer security products written by a particular company, Internet Security Systems (ISS) now IBM Internet Security Systems. It was the first worm to take advantage of vulnerabilities in the very pieces of software designed to enhance network security, and carried a destructive payload, unlike previous worms. It is so named because the phrase "(^.^) insert witty message here (^.^)" appears in the worm's payload.

The Witty worm incident was unique in that the worm spread very rapidly after announcement of the ISS vulnerability (a day later), and infected a much smaller and presumably harder-to-infect (because the administrators had taken security measures) host population than previous worms.

Witty (software)

Witty is a free Twitter client for Microsoft Windows released under the open source New BSD License and powered by the Windows Presentation Foundation. Witty was developed with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend.

Witty (surname)

Witty is a surname. Notable people with the name include:

  • Andrew Witty (born 1964), English chief executive officer and university chancellor
  • Arthur Witty (1878–1969), Spanish footballer, club president and businessman
  • Chris Witty (born 1975), American speed skater and racing cyclist
  • George Witty (1856–1941), New Zealand Member of Parliament for Riccarton
  • John Witty (1915–1990), British film and television actor

Usage examples of "witty".

In order to entice her more easily to follow my advice, I added that I was well aware of my plan being a very difficult one to carry out, and that to play successfully such a character a woman must be particularly witty.

Usually she was far ahead of him in her shrewd analysis of the astronaut program, and her witty observations on the other men of the Solid Six were startling in their perceptions.

Mademoiselle Bearn, attempting to be witty, directed her badinage against Henri, who answered, because he could not well avoid it, rather than from any inclination to notice her, whose liveliness sometimes amused, but whose conceit and insensibility often disgusted him.

He was walking by the hedge, reading, I think a brevier book with, I doubt not, a witty letter in it from Glycera or Chloe to keep the page.

She never tried to be witty when she said something of importance, but accompanied her words with a smile which imparted to them an appearance of trifling, and brought them within the understanding of all.

Some of his more witty mastectomy patients referred to the procedure as a boob job and a tummy tuck at the same time.

So upon Tuesday the 24th of May, after having been enlivened by the witty sallies of Messieurs Thornton, Wilkes, Churchill and Lloyd, with whom I had passed the morning, I boldly repaired to Johnson.

Calton palace,--the satellites of the heir apparent, the brave, the witty, and the gay,--the soul-inspiring, mirthful band, whose talents gave a splendid lustre to the orb of royalty, far surpassing the most costly jewel in his princely coronet.

But the brightest, raciest, wittiest, liveliest, spunkiest of all the youths was Daniel Sargent Curtis, one of the race of that name so well known in Boston for excellence in various departments.

I was prepared to be snarly in a provocative and sexy way, provided I could manage my smiling and witty quarrelsomeness within acceptable limits.

Kendall found Starr smooth, witty, polished, hardly a Republican zealot.

Thy witty wiles to draw, and get The lark into the trammel net: Thou hast thy cockrood, and thy glade To take the precious pheasant made: Thy lime-twigs, snares, and pit-falls then To catch the pilfering birds, not men.

She had the rare and unwomanlike art of witty description, though it assorted badly with her tragic face and unsmiling eyes.

Rocking and swiveling, the justices would perform a rite of aerobic listening to the advocates or one another, as the more theatrical among them, particularly Justice Fini, launched brainteasers and witty remarks at the embattled advocates.

English Casanova in a dress worthy of the wonderful and witty original.