noun Etymology: Middle English, probably alteration of wiht, wight creature, thing — more at wight Date: 15th century the smallest part or particle imaginable ; bit <
what some people will do for a whit of publicity — Patrick Quinn

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Whit — Whit, n. [OE. wight, wiht, AS. wiht a creature, a thing. See {Wight}, and cf. {Aught}, {Naught}.] The smallest part or particle imaginable; a bit; a jot; an iota; generally used in an adverbial phrase in a negative sentence. Samuel told him every …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whit — a 16c word derived ultimately from an Old English form meaning ‘a thing or creature of unknown origin’, is commonly used in both BrE and AmE in the phrase not a whit or no whit (= not at all, by no means): • This much ballyhooed Andrew Lloyd… …   Modern English usage

  • whit — [wıt] n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: wight creature, thing, bit (11 19 centuries), from Old English wiht] not a whit old fashioned not at all ▪ Sara had not changed a whit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whit — [ wıt, hwıt ] noun not a whit/not one whit OLD FASHIONED not at all …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whit — ► NOUN ▪ a very small part or amount. ● not a whit Cf. ↑not a whit ORIGIN apparently from WIGHT(Cf. ↑W) in the obsolete sense «small amount» …   English terms dictionary

  • whit — smallest particle, 12c., in na whit no amount, from O.E. nan wiht, from wiht amount, originally person, human being (see WIGHT (Cf. wight)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whit — [hwit, wit] n. [Early ModE respelling of wiht, a WIGHT1] the least bit; jot; iota: chiefly in negative constructions [not a whit the wiser] …   English World dictionary

  • whit — index iota, minimum, scintilla Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Whit — n [U and C] BrE [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Whitsun] ↑Whitsun …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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