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Weet \Weet\, v. i. [imp. Wot.] [See Wit to know.] To know; to wit. [Obs.] --Tyndale. Spenser. [1913 Webster]
Wit \Wit\ (w[i^]t), v. t. & i. [inf. (To) Wit; pres. sing. Wot; pl. Wite; imp. Wist(e); p. p. Wist; p. pr. & vb. n. Wit(t)ing. See the Note below.] [OE. witen, pres. ich wot, wat, I know (wot), imp. wiste, AS. witan, pres. w[=a]t, imp. wiste, wisse; akin to OFries. wita, OS. witan, D. weten, G. wissen, OHG. wizzan, Icel. vita, Sw. veta, Dan. vide, Goth. witan to observe, wait I know, Russ. vidiete to see, L. videre, Gr. ?, Skr. vid to know, learn; cf. Skr. vid to find. ????. Cf. History, Idea, Idol, -oid, Twit, Veda, Vision, Wise, a. & n., Wot.] To know; to learn. "I wot and wist alway." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] Note: The present tense was inflected as follows; sing. 1st pers. wot; 2d pers. wost, or wot(t)est; 3d pers. wot, or wot(t)eth; pl. witen, or wite. The following variant forms also occur; pres. sing. 1st & 3d pers. wat, woot; pres. pl. wyten, or wyte, weete, wote, wot; imp. wuste (Southern dialect); p. pr. wotting. Later, other variant or corrupt forms are found, as, in Shakespeare, 3d pers. sing. pres. wots. [1913 Webster] Brethren, we do you to wit [make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia. --2 Cor. viii.
[1913 Webster] Thou wost full little what thou meanest. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] We witen not what thing we prayen here. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] When that the sooth in wist. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Note: This verb is now used only in the infinitive, to wit, which is employed, especially in legal language, to call attention to a particular thing, or to a more particular specification of what has preceded, and is equivalent to namely, that is to say. [1913 Webster]
Wot \Wot\, 1st & 3d pers. sing. pres. of Wit, to know. See the Note under Wit, v. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it. --Acts iii.
[1913 Webster] Wotest



  • (UK): /wɒt/, /wQt/
  • (US): , /wɑt/, /wAt/
    Rhymes: -ɒt


Etymology 1

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


  1. To know.
    • 1855: She little wots, poor Lady Anne! Her wedded lord is dead. — John Godfrey Saxe, Poems (Ticknor & Fields 1855, p. 121)
    • 1866: They wot not who make thither — Algernon Charles Swinburne, "The Garden of Proserpine" in Poems and Ballads, 1st Series (London: J. C. Hotten, 1866)
    • 1889: 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 — William Morris, The Roots of the Mountains (Inkling Books 2003, p. 241)

Etymology 2

From wit, in return from Old English verb witan.


  1. First-person singular simple present form of wit.
  2. third-person singular of wit

Etymology 3

Representing pronunciation.


  1. 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)
The English word wot has fallen into disuse. Originally used as the first and second person conjugation for O.E. "witan"; the equivalent to the verb to know. It can also refer to:


  • "Wot", a homophone representation of the word "What", often used in chat rooms
  • "Wot?", the name of a popular song by Captain Sensible from 1982
  • WOTS, radio station 1220 kHz in Kissimmee

Containing the word "wot"


Additionally, WOT is a three-letter abbreviation that may stand for:
wot in Italian: WOT
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