wit vs whit :

wit or whit

If you still have all your wits about you, could it be said that your mental powers have diminished “not a wit”? No, for the traditional expresssion is “not a whit.” “Whit” is an old word meaning “bit,” surviving only in this and similar expressions like “not one whit.”

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Definitions

  • n  a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
  • n  mental ability
  • n  a witty amusing person who makes jokes

  • n  a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
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