witter

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English witter, witer, of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse vitr (wise, knowing), from Proto-Germanic *witraz (knowing), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to know). Cognate with Icelandic vitur (wise). More at wit, wis.

Adjective[edit]

witter (comparative more witter, superlative most witter)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) knowing, certain, sure, wis.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English witteren, witeren, of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse vitra (to make wise, make sure), from Proto-Germanic *witrōną (to make wise), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to know). Cognate with Icelandic vitra (to make wise, make certain), Icelandic vitur (wise). More at wit, wis.

Verb[edit]

witter (third-person singular simple present witters, present participle wittering, simple past and past participle wittered)

  1. (intransitive, intransitive, obsolete or dialectal) to make sure, inform, or declare.
  2. (intransitive) to speak at length on a trivial subject.
    She got home and started wittering about some religious cult she’d just heard about.

Dutch[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

witter

  1. Comparative form of wit; whiter

Elfdalian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse vetr, from Proto-Germanic *wintruz.

Noun[edit]

witter m

  1. winter

German[edit]

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witter

  1. First-person singular present of wittern.
  2. Imperative singular of wittern.

Scots[edit]

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witter (plural witters)

  1. (South Scots) water