Whit - wit

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Whit and wit form one of the sets of homophones listed by the then Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.
(For more, see Bridges homophones). AWE has a category listing our articles on each of these.

  • Whit in ordinary English is a faintly archaic and mannered expression, mostly used in negative formations, to mean 'a very small amount', 'a bit'. "Not a whit" means 'with no appreciable effect, or difference', 'by no means', 'not a bit of it'.