wit etymology

English word wit comes from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos, and later Proto-Germanic *witją (Knowledge. Reason; sense; understanding. Wit.)

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Detailed word origin of wit

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*weydstos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) knowledgeable
*witją Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Knowledge. Reason; sense; understanding. Wit.
witt Old English (ang) Mind, understanding, sense, sanity.
wit Middle English (enm)
wit English (eng) (now, _, usually, _, in the plural) Sanity.. (obsolete, _, usually, _, in the plural) The senses.. A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.. Humour, especially when clever or quick.. Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.. Intelligence; common sense.. The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially under short time constraints.

Words with the same origin as wit

Descendants of *weydstos
righteous righteousness wisdom wise wisely wizard