Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Mentally alert and sharp; keen. See Synonyms at intelligent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Mentally keen, alert, sharp, agile, and nimble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having ready wit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having ready wit; sharp; ready of perception.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. mentally nimble and resourceful

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Examples

  • Terwyn is best-known as a quick-witted DJ on BBC Radio Cymru programmes for some years.

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  • Nora was a breakthrough in the representation of women in detective fiction: neither victim nor femme fatale, she was an equal partner, sympathetic, quick-witted, and just as hard-drinking as her husband.

    The scandalous Lillian Hellman

  • This title sets the bar pretty high, considering the ordinary collection includes such items as Einstein's blackboard, preserving forever some chalked equations he wrote during a lecture in Oxford in 1931, which some quick-witted don had the prescience not to erase.

    Welcome to the Museum Of Weird and Wonderful

  • Now these Nanooks of the North want me to believe that I m an Aries, and therefore energetic, enthusiastic, dynamic, confident, quick-witted and pioneering?

    Meredith C. Carroll: As The World Turns, My Fortune Spins

  • Now these Nanooks of the North want me to believe that I'm an Aries, and therefore energetic, enthusiastic, dynamic, confident, quick-witted and pioneering?

    Meredith C. Carroll: As The World Turns, My Fortune Spins

  • His thin, quick-witted father, Ai Qing, had studied art in Paris in the 1930s but had switched to poetry in the patriotic upsurge surrounding Mao Zedong's founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

    The Art of Resistance

  • Although he lacks much field experience, his ability to learn on his feet allow him to keep up with the quick-witted Patrick.

    The Mentalist Hires Michael Rady to Play Patrick Jane's New Boss

  • And she's played by a young actress who has become, in what seems to have been no time flat, one of the most interesting, quick-witted stars in contemporary films.

    'The Help': '60s Racism in Black and White

  • Referring specifically to his recently rehearsed roles as an impassioned, romantic Armand in "The Lady of the Camellias" and the quick-witted barber Basil in "Don Quixote," Mr. Stearns says he identifies most readily with the former.

    The Classical Cavalier

  • This grandiose elegy offers choice pleasure to readers who care to eavesdrop on the table- and pillow-talk among an impressive cast of aristocrats local and foreign, philosophes, English expatriates, and quick-witted American arrivistes.

    Why They All Came to Versailles

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