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Etymology 1[edit]


Whit (plural Whits)

  1. The season of Whitsuntide.

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of the surname of Dick Whittington, London mayor who funded the rebuilding of the prison.

Proper noun[edit]

the Whit

  1. (obsolete, thieves' cant) Newgate Prison in London, England.
    • Georgette Heyer, The Quiet Gentleman
      A Bow Street Runner says "I knew a cove as talked the way you do – leastways, in the way of business I knew him! In fact, you remind me of him very strong [] He was on the dub-lay, and very clever with his fambles. He ended up in the Whit, o’ course."