witty
adjective (wittier; -est) Date: before 12th century 1. archaic having good intellectual capacity ; intelligent 2. amusingly or ingeniously clever in conception or execution <
the costumes are sumptuous and witty — Virgil Thomson
>
<
the musical background is…often witty — Wolcott Gibbs
>
3. marked by or full of wit ; smartly facetious or jocular <
a witty novel
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4. quick or ready to see or express illuminating or amusing relationships or insights <
a witty raconteur
>
wittily adverbwittiness noun Synonyms: witty, humorous, facetious, jocular, jocose mean provoking or intended to provoke laughter. witty suggests cleverness and quickness of mind <
a witty remark
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. humorous applies broadly to anything that evokes usually genial laughter and may contrast with witty in suggesting whimsicality or eccentricity <
humorous anecdotes
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. facetious stresses a desire to produce laughter and may be derogatory in implying dubious or ill-timed attempts at wit or humor <
facetious comments
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. jocular implies a usually habitual fondness for jesting and joking <
a jocular fellow
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. jocose is somewhat less derogatory than facetious in suggesting habitual waggishness or playfulness <
jocose proposals
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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