wit (n.) Old form(s): witte
lively person, sharp-minded individual
1H4 III.ii.61[King Henry to Prince Hal] The skipping King, he ambled up and down, / With shallow jesters, and rash bavin wits
AYL I.ii.53[Celia to Touchstone] How now, wit, whither wander you? [pun: sense 1]
AYL IV.i.155[Orlando to Rosalind as Ganymede, of a wife with a good wit] A man that had a wife with such a wit, he might say ‘Wit, whither wilt?’ [second instance; also: sense 2]
H5 III.vi.77[Gower to Fluellen] foaming bottles and ale-washed wits
LLL V.ii.266[Princess to all, of the masked lords] Are these the breed of wits so wondered at?
LLL V.ii.281[Rosaline to all] better wits have worn plain statute-caps
Sonn.59.13[] Oh sure I am, the wits of former days / To subjects worse have given admiring praise
TN I.v.30[Feste to himself, of wit] Those wits that think they have thee do very oft prove / fools
TN I.v.33[Feste to himself] Better a witty fool than a foolish wit
TN III.i.12[Feste to Viola as Cesario] A sentence is but a cheverel glove to a good wit
TNK V.i.102[Palamon to Venus] I never practised / Upon man's wife, nor would the libels read / Of liberal wits
Ven.850[of the sound of insects] Soothing the humour of fantastic wits
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