Wits vs Wots - What's the difference?

wits | wots |


As a noun wits

is .

As a verb wots is

(wot).

wits

English

Noun

(head)
  • (pluralonly) senses.
  • Derived terms

    * have one's wits about one

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    wots

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (wot)
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    wot

    English

    Etymology 1

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

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • (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

    From (m), in return from (etyl) (m).

    Verb

    (head)
  • (wit)
  • Etymology 3

    Representing pronunciation.

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • 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)

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