Definition of witty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwɪti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪti//
(wittier, wittiest) Clever
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able to say or write clever, amusing things a witty speaker a witty remark Synonymsfunnyamusing entertaining witty humorous comic hilariousThese words all describe somebody/​something that makes you laugh or smile.funny that makes you laugh:a funny story He was a very funny guy.amusing funny and enjoyable:It’s a very amusing game to play.entertaining amusing and interesting:It was a very entertaining evening.witty clever and amusing; able to say or write clever and amusing things:a witty remark a witty public speakerhumorous funny and entertaining; showing a sense of humour:a humorous look at the world of fashioncomic that makes you laugh:Many of the scenes in the book are richly comic.hilarious extremely funnyfunny, amusing, humorous or comic? Amusing is the most general of these words because it includes the idea of being enjoyable as well as making people laugh and can be used to describe events, activities and occasions:an amusing party/​game/​evening a funny/​humorous/​comic party/​game/​evening. Humorous is more about showing that you see the humour in a situation, than actually making people laugh out loud. Comic is used especially to talk about writing and drama or things that are funny in a deliberate and theatrical way. It is not used to describe people (except for comic writers). Funny can describe people, jokes and stories, things that happen, or anything that makes people laugh.Patterns a(n) funny/​amusing/​entertaining/​witty/​humorous/​comic story a(n) funny/​amusing/​entertaining/​witty/​humorous speech a(n) funny/​entertaining/​witty/​humorous/​comic writer a(n) funny/​amusing/​hilarious joke to find something funny/​amusing/​entertaining/​witty/​humorous/​hilarious See related entries: Clever Word OriginOld English wit(t)ig ‘having wisdom’ (see wit, -y).Word Familywit nounwitty adjectivewitticism nounoutwit verbExtra examples a brilliantly witty remark He was much in demand as a witty public speaker. It’s a wonderfully entertaining play with an endlessly witty script. Somebody made a witty remark about needing a forklift truck.
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