Synonyms of wit
1 humourDictionary • Bill was known for his biting wit.
humour • She couldn't ignore the humour of the situation.
banter • She heard them exchanging good-natured banter.
repartee • clever chat-up lines or witty repartee
wordplay • He amused friends and colleagues with his clever wordplay.
levity • At the time, he had disapproved of such levity.
badinage • She tried to respond to his light-hearted badinage.
2 humoristDictionary • a man who fancied himself as a great wit
humorist • a political humorist
comedian • After a career as a comedian, he turned to serious drama.
wag • My dad's always been a bit of a wag.
joker • He is, by nature, a joker, a witty man with a sense of fun.
dag (New Zealand, informal) • He does all these great impersonations - he's such a dag.
3 cleverness • The information is there for anyone with the wit to use it.
cleverness • He congratulated himself on his cleverness.
mind • an excellent training for the young mind
reason • a conflict between emotion and reason
understanding • They have to have a basic understanding of computers.
sense • When he was younger he had a bit more sense.
smarts (slang, mainly US)
judgment • Publication of the information was a serious error in judgment.
perception • It did not require a great deal of perception to realise what he meant.
wisdom • a man respected for his wisdom and insight
insight • He was a man of considerable insight and diplomatic skills.
common sense • Her mother acted with remarkable common sense.
intellect • Do the emotions develop in parallel with the intellect?
comprehension • The situation was utterly beyond her comprehension.
acumen • His sharp business acumen meant he quickly rose to the top.
nous (British, slang)
discernment • their lack of discernment and acceptance of inferior quality
, lack of perception
IDIOM:▷ at your wits' end
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acumenAcumen is the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions.
• His sharp business acumen meant he quickly rose to the top.
smarts (slang, US),
smarts (slang, US),
badinageBadinage is humorous or light-hearted conversation that often involves teasing someone.
• She tried to respond to his light-hearted badinage.
banterBanter is teasing or joking talk that is amusing and friendly.
• She heard them exchanging good-natured banter.
Thesaurus for wit from the Collins English Thesaurus
the talent or quality of using unexpected associations between contrasting or disparate words or ideas to make a clever humorous effect
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