whit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English wiht (wight, person, creature, being, whit, thing, something, anything), from Proto-Germanic *wihtą (thing, creature) or Proto-Germanic *wihtiz (essence, object), from Proto-Indo-European *wekti- (cause, sake, thing), from Proto-Indo-European *wekʷ- (to say, tell). Cognate with Old High German wiht (creature, thing), Dutch wicht, German Wicht. See also wight.

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Noun[edit]

whit (plural whits)

  1. The smallest part or particle imaginable; an iota.
    He worked tirelessly to collect and wind a ball of string eight feet around, and it matters not one whit.
    • 1602: William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act V scene 2
      Not a whit.
    • 1917, Incident by Countee Cullen
      Now I was eight and very small, \ And he was no whit bigger \ And so I smiled, but he poked out \ His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English hwit.

Adjective[edit]

whit

  1. white

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Scots[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

whit

  1. what