• enPR wĭt, IPA: /wɪt/, /ʍɪt/

whit (plural whits)

  1. The smallest part or particle imaginable; an iota.
    He worked tirelessly to collect and wind a ball of string eight feet around, and it matters not one whit.
    • 1602: William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act V scene 2
      Not a whit.
    • 1917, Incident by Countee Cullen
      Now I was eight and very small, \ And he was no whit bigger \ And so I smiled, but he poked out \ His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'
Synonyms Translations
  • French: once
  • Russian: йо́та
  1. Eye dialect spelling of with#English|with.


whit (plural whits)

  1. The season of Whitsuntide.
Proper noun
  1. (obsolete, thieves) Newgate Prison in London, England.
    • , Georgette Heyer, The Quiet Gentleman
      A Bow Street Runner says "I knew a cove as talked the way you do – leastways, in the way of business I knew him! In fact, you remind me of him very strong […] He was on the dub-lay, and very clever with his fambles. He ended up in the Whit, o’ course."

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