Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English wat, from Old English wāt; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

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Representing pronunciation.

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From wit, in return from Old English verb witan.

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An extension of the present-tense form of wit (verb) to apply to all forms.

Examples

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  • Tow in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Wot is it?

    June 8, 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

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

    June 21, 2008

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

    January 11, 2011