Definitions

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

  • v. Past tense and past participle of wit2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wit.
  • v. To know, be aware of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. Knew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A spurious word, improperly used as present indicative (wists) of wit.
  • n. Preterit of wit.

Etymologies

Past indicative of wit: from Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witanan, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, *wid- (“see, know”). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō ("I see"). Compare guide. (Wiktionary)
A misunderstanding, or a joking use of the past indicative of wit: from Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witanan, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-, *wid- (“see, know”). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō ("I see"). Compare guide. (Wiktionary)

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  • Chapter 137, in which CDC gets all peeved up.

    December 16, 2013