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From Middle English witful (wise; sagacious; cunning; ingenious), equivalent to wit +‎ -ful.


witful (comparative more witful, superlative most witful)

  1. Full of or possessing wit; wise; sensible
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
    • 1917, Arthur Frederick Sheldon, The Science of Business:
      Do not directly ask him to buy. As one master salesman whom the author knows puts it, to do so is "brutal." It is, to say the least, not witful, and what is not witful is not good salesmanship.
    • 1998, Andy Warhol, a: A Novel:
      [...] the most witful, th-that it's hopeless I'm not witful.
    • 2008, Jesse Ball, Samedi the Deafness - Page 135:
      l love you, she said. l find it splendid to have dropped you like a witful lobster into this boiling pot.
    • 2012, Michael Crichton, Sphere - Page 260:
      I AM LIKING HARRY. HIS MANIFESTATIONS ARE RED. THEY ARE WITFUL. "Witful?" WITFUL = FULL OF WIT? "I see," Harry said. "He thinks we're funny." FUNNY = FULL OF FUN? "Not exactly," Norman said. "We entities have the concept of . . ." He trailed off. How was he going to explain "funny"?
    • 2013, Valerie Stephens, Stillborn To Life - Page 5:
      And some fear hides beneath the guise of all things physically-affecting and effecting which we try with an enthusiasm unsurpassed and a witful dexterity unrivalled, to craft into some spurious raison d'être.


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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for witful in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)