wit (n.) 1
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
2H4 I.ii.208 [Falstaff to Lord Chief Justice, of going to the wars with Prince John] I thank your pretty sweet wit for it
2H4 II.iv.234 [Doll to Falstaff] They say Poins has a good wit
2H4 II.iv.236 [Falstaff to Doll, of Poins] His wit's as thick as Tewkesbury mustard
2H4 IV.iii.85 [Falstaff alone, as if to Prince John, who has promised to speak well of him] I would you had the wit; 'twere better than your dukedom
2H6 I.i.30 [Queen to King, of greeting him] With ruder terms, such as my wit affords
2H6 III.i.232 [Queen to all, of eliminating Gloucester]herein I judge mine own wit good
3H6 III.ii.85 [Edward to himself, of Lady Grey] Her words doth show her wit incomparable [or: sense 2]
AYL I.ii.44 [Celia to Rosalind] Nature hath given us wit to flout at Fortune
AYL I.ii.85 [Celia to Touchstone] since the little wit that fools have was silenced, the little foolery that wise men have makes a great show
AYL I.ii.97 [Rosalind to Le Beau, responding to his ‘How shall I answer you?’ As wit and fortune will
AYL II.iv.53 [Touchstone to Rosalind as Ganymede] I shall ne'er be ware of mine own wit till I break my shins against it
AYL III.ii.27 [Corin to Touchstone] he that hath learned no wit by nature nor art may complain of good breeding, or comes of a very dull kindred
AYL III.iii.11 [Touchstone to Audrey] a man's good wit
AYL IV.i.149 [Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando, of how the real Rosalind would behave] Or else she could not have the wit to do this
AYL IV.i.77 [Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando] I should think my honesty ranker than my wit
CE II.ii.159 [Antipholus of Syracuse to Luciana] every word by all my wit being scanned, / Wants wit in all one word to understand
CE II.ii.87 [Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse, of Time] what he hath scanted men in hair he hath given them in wit [and in following lines]
Cym I.iii.29 [First Lord to Cloten, of Innogen] I have seen small reflection of her wit
Cym II.i.9 [Second Lord to himself, of Cloten's opponent and Cloten] If his wit had been like him that broke it, it would have run all out
E3 I.ii.130 [King Edward to himself, of the Countess's eye] Which shoots infected poison in my heart, / Beyond repulse of wit or cure of art
H5 III.vii.145 [Constable to all] the men do sympathize with the mastiffs in robustious and rough coming on, leaving their wits with their wives
H5 III.vii.30 [Dauphin to all] the man hath no wit that cannot ... vary deserved praise on my palfrey
H5 IV.vii.45 [Fluellen to Gower] Harry Monmouth, being in his right wits and his good judgements
H5 V.ii.25 [Burgundy to all] I have laboured / With all my wits, my pains, and strong endeavours, / To bring your most imperial majesties / Unto this bar and royal interview
H8 II.iv.47 [Queen Katherine to King Henry, of his father] of an excellent / And unmatched wit and judgement
H8 III.i.177 [Queen Katherine to and of Wolsey and Campeius] You know I am a woman, lacking wit / To make a seemly answer to such persons
H8 III.i.72 [Queen Katherine to Wolsey and Campeius] how to make ye suddenly an answer / In such a point of weight, so near mine honour ... with my weak wit
H8 V.iv.47 [Man to Porter, of a man in the crowd] There was a haberdasher's wife of small wit near him
Ham II.ii.200 [Hamlet to Polonius, of old men] they have a plentiful lack of wit
Ham II.ii.90 [Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude] since brevity is the soul of wit
Ham III.ii.329 [Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern] My wit's diseased [or: sense 5]
KL I.iv.160 [Fool to Lear] Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown when thou gavest thy golden one away
KL I.iv.183 [Fool to Lear] Thou hast pared thy wit o'both sides and left nothing i'the middle
KL I.v.11 [Fool to Lear] Then I prithee be merry. Thy wit shall not go slip-shod
KL II.iv.41 [disguised Kent to Lear] Having more man than wit about me
LLL I.ii.169 [Armado alone, of Samson] he had a very good wit
LLL I.ii.177 [Armado alone] Devise, wit; write, pen
LLL I.ii.85 [Armado to Mote, of Samson's lady] He surely affected her for her wit
LLL I.ii.91 [Mote to Armado] My father's wit and my mother's tongue assist me!
LLL II.i.69 [Rosaline to Princess, of Berowne] His eye begets occasion for his wit
LLL IV.i.50 [Costard to Princess] An your waist, mistress, were as slender as my wit, / One o'these maids' girdles for your waist should be fit
LLL IV.ii.34 [Dull to Holofernes and Nathaniel] You two are book-men - can you tell me by your wit / What was a month old at Cain's birth that's not five weeks old as yet?
LLL IV.iii.98 [Berowne to Dumaine] Once more I'll mark how love can vary wit
LLL V.ii.269 [Proncess to all, of the lords] O poverty in wit, kingly-poor flout!
LLL V.ii.484 [Berowne to Costard] Welcome, pure wit!
LLL V.ii.69 [Princess to all] None are so surely caught, when they are catched, / As wit turned fool
LLL V.ii.76 [Maria to all] Folly in fools bears not so strong a note / As foolery in the wise when wit doth dote, / Since all the power thereof it doth apply / To prove, by wit, worth in simplicity [first instance]
Luc 153 [] we do neglect / The thing we have, and all for want of wit / Make something nothing by augmenting it
Luc 1809 [] Brutus ... / Began to clothe his wit in state and pride
Luc 964 [] One poor retiring minute in an age / Would purchase thee a thousand thousand friends, / Lending him wit that to bad debtors lends
MA I.i.62 [Beatrice to Leonato, of Benedick] if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him bear it for a difference between himself and his horse
MA I.ii.15 [Leonato to Antonio, of the news that the Duke loves Hero] Hath the fellow any wit that told you this?
MA II.i.116 [masked Beatrice to masked Benedick] I had my good wit out of the ‘Hundred Merry Tales‘
MA II.i.126 [masked Beatrice to masked Benedick, of Benedick] the commendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy
MA II.iii.184 [Don Pedro to Claudio and Leonato, of Benedick] He doth, indeed, show some sparks that are like wit
MA II.iii.227 [Benedick alone, of Beatrice] it is no addition to her wit, nor no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her
MA III.i.89 [Ursula to Hero, of Beatrice] She cannot be so much without true judgement - / Having so swift and excellent a wit / As she is prized to have
MA III.v.33 [Dogberry to Verges] When the age is in, the wit is out
MA III.v.56 [Dogberry to Verges] We will spare for no wit
MM II.i.256 [Elbow to Escalus, of men able to serve as constable] few of any wit in such matters
MM II.ii.127 [Isabella to Angelo] Great men may jest with saints: 'tis wit in them
MM V.i.360 [Duke to Angelo] Hast thou or word, or wit, or impudence / That yet can do thee office?
MND III.i.127 [Bottom to himself, of a cuckoo] who would set his wit to so foolish a bird?
MND III.i.141 [Bottom to Titania] if I had wit enough to get out of this wood, I have enough to serve mine own turn
MND IV.i.204 [Bottom to all] I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was
MND IV.ii.9 [Flute to all, of Bottom] he hath simply the best wit of any handicraft man in Athens
MV II.i.18 [Portia to Morocco] my father ... hedged me by his wit to yield myself / His wife who wins me by that means I told you
MV II.ix.80 [Portia to Nerissa, of the suitors] When they do choose, / They have the wisdom by their wit to lose
MV III.v.41 [Lorenzo to Jessica, of Launcelot] I think the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence
MV III.v.52 [Lorenzo to Launcelot] Wilt thou show the whole wealth of thy wit in an instant?
MV IV.i.127 [Shylock to Gratiano, responding to ‘Can no prayers pierce thee?’] No, none that thou hast wit enough to make
MV IV.i.141 [Shylock to Gratiano] Repair thy wit, good youth, or it will fall / To cureless ruin
MW I.iii.86 [Pistol to Nym, of how he will be revenged] With wit or steel?
MW IV.v.56 [Falstaff to Host, of a wise woman] one that hath taught me more wit than ever I learned before in my life
MW V.v.127 [Falstaff to all] See now how wit may be made a Jack-a-Lent when 'tis upon ill employment
Oth I.i.136 [Roderigo to Brabantio, of Desdemona] her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes
Oth II.i.128 [Iago to and of Desdemona] If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit, / The one's for use, the other useth it
Oth II.iii.357 [Roderigo to Iago] I shall ... with no money at all, and a little more wit, return again to Venice
Oth III.iii.463 [Iago to Othello] Iago doth give up / The execution of his wit, hands, heart, / To wronged Othello's service
Oth III.iv.21 [Clown to Desdemona, of fetching Cassio] To do this is within the compass of man's wit, and therefore I will attempt the doing of it
Oth IV.i.121 [Cassio to Iago] Prithee bear some charity to my wit
Oth IV.ii.145 [Emilia to Iago, of a rogue] Some such squire he was / That turned your wit the seamy side without
Oth IV.ii.211 [Iago to Roderigo] your suspicion is not without wit and judgement
Per Chorus.I.12 [Gower to audience] you, born in these latter times / When wit's more ripe
R2 II.i.28 [York to John of Gaunt] all too late comes counsel to be heard / Where will doth mutiny with wit's regard
R3 III.i.86 [Prince Edward to Richard, of Julius Caesar] With what his valour did enrich his wit, / His wit set down to make his valour live
RJ I.i.209 [Romeo to Benvolio, of Rosaline] She hath Dian's wit
RJ I.iii.43 [Nurse to Lady Capulet, quoting her husband talking to baby Juliet] Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit
RJ I.iv.49 [Romeo to Benvolio] we mean well in going to this masque, / But 'tis no wit to go
RJ III.iii.122 [Friar Laurence to Romeo] thou shamest thy shape, thy love, thy wit [and in the following]
RJ III.v.73 [Lady Capulet to Juliet] much of grief shows still some want of wit
Sonn 23.14 [] To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit [i.e. insight]
Sonn 37.5 [] beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit
TC I.i.48 [Pandarus to Troilus] I will not dispraise your sister Cassandra's wit
TC I.ii.190 [Pandarus to Cressida, of Antenor] He has a shrewd wit
TC I.ii.261 [Cressida to Pandarus, of how she will defend herself] upon my wit to defend my wiles
TC I.ii.87 [Pandarus to Cressida, of Troilus] Hector shall not have his wit this year
TC I.iii.74 [Agamemnon to Ulysses] When rank Thersites opes his mastic jaws / We shall hear music, wit, and oracle
TC II.i.16 [Thersites to Ajax] I shall sooner rail thee into wit and holiness
TC II.i.46 [Thersites to Ajax] thou art bought and sold among those of any wit, like a barbarian slave
TC II.i.67 [Thersites to Achilles, of Ajax] lo, what modicums of wit he utters [and in the following]
TC II.iii.13 [Thersites alone] Mercury, lose all the serpentine craft of thy caduceus, if thou take not that little little, less than little wit from them that they have!
TC II.iii.214 [Ulysses to himself] Wit would be out of fashion
TC III.ii.148 [Cressida to Troilus] Where is my wit?
TC III.iii.171 [Ulysses to all] beauty, wit, / High birth ... are subjects all / To envious and calumniating time
TC III.iii.255 [Thersites to Achilles, of Ajax] who should say there were wit in his head, an 'twould out
TC V.i.54 [Thersites alone] wit larded with malice, and malice forced with wit
TG I.i.35 [Valentine to Proteus] a folly bought with wit, / Or else a wit by folly vanquished [and in the following]
TG II.iv.37 [Valentine to Silvia] Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship's looks
TG II.vi.12 [Proteus alone] And he wants wit that wants resolved will / To learn his wit t'exchange the bad for better
TG III.i.261 [Launce alone] I am but a fool, look you, and yet I have the wit to think my master is a kind of a knave
TG III.i.343 [Speed to Launce, of Launce's lady] She hath more hair than wit [and in the following]
TG IV.iv.13 [Launce alone, of his dog] If I had not had more wit than he
TG.II.vi.43 [Proteus alone] Love, lend me wings to make my purpose swift, / As thou hast lent me wit to plot this drift!
Tim I.i.237 [Apemantus to Timon] That I had no angry wit to be a lord [unclear meaning]
Tim II.ii.120 [Fool to Varro's Servant] As much foolery as I have, so much wit thou lackest
Tit II.i.10 [Aaron alone, of Tamora] Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait
Tit II.i.120 [Aaron to Chiron and Demetrius] our Empress with her sacred wit / To villainy and vengeance consecrate, / Will we acquaint with all that we intend
Tit II.i.26 [Demetrius to Chiron] thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge / And manners to intrude where I am graced
Tit II.iii.1 [Aaron alone] He that had wit would think that I had none, / To bury so much gold under a tree
TN I.iii.104 [Sir Toby to Sir Andrew, of Olivia] she'll not match above her degree, neither in estate, years, nor wit
TN I.iii.81 [Sir Andrew to Sir Toby] sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has
TN I.v.29 [Feste to himself] Wit, an't be thy will, put me into good fooling
TN II.iii.131 [Maria to all, of Malvolio] If I do not ... make him a common recreation, do not think I have wit enough to lie straight in my bed
TN II.iii.86 [Malvolio to all] Have ye no wit, manners, nor honesty
TN III.i.129 [Olivia to Viola as Cesario] when wit and youth is come to harvest, / Your wife is like to reap a proper man
TN III.i.149 [Olivia to Viola as Cesario] Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide [i.e. common sense]
TN III.i.59 [Viola as Cesario alone, of Feste] This fellow is wise enough to play the fool; / And to do that well craves a kind of wit
TN III.i.66 [Viola as Cesario alone] wise men, folly-fallen, quite taint their wit [i.e. harm their reputation for talking sense]
TN V.i.208 [Sebastian to Olivia] I have hurt your kinsman. / But had it been the brother of my blood / I must have done no less, with wit and safety
TNK II.v.12 [Gaoler's Daughter alone, of Palamon] I love him beyond love, and beyond reason, / Or wit, or safety
TS II.i.48 [Petruchio to Baptista, of Katherina] hearing of her beauty and her wit
TS Induction.2.76 [Second Servingman to Sly] O, how we joy to see your wit restored!
Ven 1008 [] Grief hath two tongues, and never woman yet / Could rule them both without ten women's wit
Ven 472 [of Venus] Fair fall the wit that can so well defend her!
Ven 690 [] Danger deviseth shifts; wit waits on fear
WT II.ii.52 [Paulina to Emilia] I'll use that tongue I have. If wit flow from't ... I shall do good
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