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Etymology 1[edit]

An extension of the present-tense form of wit (verb) to apply to all forms.


wot ‎(third-person singular simple present wots, present participle wotting, simple past and past participle wotted)

  1. (archaic) To know.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, John XII:
      He that walketh in the darke, wotteth not whither he goeth.
    • 1855, John Godfrey Saxe, Poems, Ticknor & Fields 1855, p. 121:
      She little wots, poor Lady Anne! Her wedded lord is dead.
    • 1866, Algernon Charles Swinburne, "The Garden of Proserpine" in Poems and Ballads, 1st Series, London: J. C. Hotten, 1866:
      They wot not who make thither [...].
    • 1889, William Morris, The Roots of the Mountains, Inkling Books 2003, p. 241:
      Then he cast his eyes on the road that entered the Market-stead from the north, and he saw thereon many men gathered; and he wotted not what they were [...].

Etymology 2[edit]

From wit, in return from Old English witan.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of wit
  2. third-person singular simple present indicative form of wit

Etymology 3[edit]

Representing pronunciation.



  1. what (humorous misspelling intended to mimic certain working class accents)
    • 1859, Then, wot with undertakers, and wot with parish clerks, and wot with sextons, and wot with private watchmen (all awaricious and all in it), a man wouldn't get much by it, even if it was so. — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin 2003, p. 319)
    Wot, no bananas? (popular slogan during wartime rationing)


Lower Sorbian[edit]



  1. obsolete spelling of wót