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

  • n. A witty remark. See Synonyms at joke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A witty remark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A witty sentence, phrase, or remark; an observation characterized by wit.

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

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


Blend of witty and criticism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
wit +‎ -icism; coined in the 1670s by John Dryden, in analogy with criticism. (Wiktionary)



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  • I like it too.

    July 12, 2007

  • This is a good word. It is underused, I think.

    July 12, 2007

  • Coined by Dryden.

    July 12, 2007