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

  • v. First and third person singular present tense of wit2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. what (humorous misspelling intended to mimic certain working class accents)
  • v. To know.
  • v. First-person singular simple present form of wit.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 1st & 3d pers. sing. pres. of wit, to know. See the note under wit, v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. First and third persons singular indicative present of wit.


Middle English wat, from Old English wāt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An extension of the present-tense form of wit (verb) to apply to all forms. (Wiktionary)
From wit, in return from Old English verb witan. (Wiktionary)
Representing pronunciation. (Wiktionary)


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  • "AND THE FAIR-DAY GOOSE IS ALMOST MINE, I WOT." From Wizard and Glass by Stephen King.

    January 11, 2011

  • Coulda sworn PG Wodehouse had an exchange involving the phrase "wot's wot, what?"

    June 21, 2008

  • A variant of wit is wot, which is almost unknown outside of its negative: wotless, "unknowing, ignorant" (pretty much synonymous with witless) and the phrase God wot, meaning "God knows".

    June 21, 2008

  • Wot is it?

    June 8, 2008

  • Tow in reverse.

    November 3, 2007