The Alternative Dutch Dictionary: wit

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wit pronunciation
  • /ʋɪt/
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etymology From odt *wīt with unexpected shortening of the vowel, from Proto-Germanic *hwītaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytos 〈*ḱweytos〉. Compare German weiß, Western Frisian wyt, English white, Norwegian hvit, Swedish vit.
adjective: {{nl-adj}}
  1. white De wand is wit. The (inner) wall is white.
  2. legal
  3. pure, untainted
  4. (archaic) clear-lighted, not dark at all De lang gewenschte dagh verscheen, heel klaer en wit. The long-wished-for day appeared, very clear and white.
Synonyms: blank
antonyms:
  • zwart
related terms:
  • wijting
noun: {{nl-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) white (color) Wit is alle kleuren ineens. White is all colors at once.
  2. (archaic) (short for doelwit Myn wit is Adam en zyn afkomst te bederven. (in Lucifer, by Vondel) My goal is to corrupt Adam and his origin.
  3. (slang) cocaine Heb je een halfje wit?
descendants:
  • Afrikaans: wit
verb: {{nl-verb-form}}
  1. nl-verb form of witten
  2. nl-verb form of witten
anagrams:
  • Twi
etymology 2 From Middle Dutch wit. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *witją, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-. Related to weten, wis and wijs. Cognate with English wit, German Witz.
noun: {{nl-noun}}
  1. (archaic) ability to think and reason
  2. (archaic) knowledge
related terms:
  • wittig, wittigen, wittiger, verwittigen

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