Wit is brainpower or mental ability, or the person who possesses such ability, especially when it's used humorously.

When we are scared out of our wits, we — figuratively, anyway — lose for a moment our mental faculties. When we are at our wits' end, we have run out of ideas or possible solutions to a frustrating situation. When we outwit someone, we make the smarter decision. Historical figures known for their wit include Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain.

Definitions of wit

n mental ability

brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality
Type of:
the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

n a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

humor, humour, witticism, wittiness
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jeu d'esprit
a witty comment or writing
bon mot, mot
a clever remark
esprit de l'escalier
a witty remark that occurs to you too late
bite, pungency
wit having a sharp and caustic quality
caustic remark, irony, sarcasm, satire
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
adroitness and cleverness in reply
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
caricature, imitation, impersonation
a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect
cartoon, sketch
a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine
fun, play, sport
verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
ribald humor
an exceedingly good witticism that surpasses all that have gone before
a satirical imitation of heroic verse
backchat, banter, give-and-take, raillery
light teasing repartee
belly laugh, howler, riot, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow
a joke that seems extremely funny
blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story
an indelicate joke
ethnic joke
a joke at the expense of some ethnic group
funny, funny remark, funny story, good story
an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)
a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
a one-line joke
shaggy dog story
a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
sick joke
a joke in bad taste
sight gag, visual joke
a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
burlesque, charade, lampoon, mockery, parody, pasquinade, put-on, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
jocosity, jocularity
fun characterized by humor
waggery, waggishness
waggish behavior
clowning, comedy, drollery, funniness
a comic incident or series of incidents
paronomasia, pun, punning, wordplay
a humorous play on words
cartoon strip, comic strip, funnies, strip
a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
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content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a witty amusing person who makes jokes

card, wag
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humorist, humourist
someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way

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