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 1An extension of the present-tense form of wit (verb) to apply to all forms.
- 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 3Representing pronunciation.
- what (humorous
misspelling intended to mimic certain working
- 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:
Containing the word "wot"
- "Wot's... Uh the Deal?", 1972 song from Pink Floyd's album, Obscured by Clouds
- "Oh! Wot a Dream", 1972 Kevin Ayers single taken from his fourth solo album Bananamour
- Currie Wot, a 1930s British single-seat aerobatic biplane aircraft
- "It's The Sun Wot Won It" famous headline that appeared on the front-page of The Sun on Saturday 11 April 1992, and has since become a political catch phrase in the United Kingdom
- Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be is a 1960 play by Frank Norman and music by Lionel Bart
- The Play Wot I Wrote, a 2001 musical farce written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben
AbbreviationsAdditionally, WOT is a three-letter abbreviation that may stand for:
- Weak operator topology
- Wheel of Time, which has several meanings including a religious concept and a fantasy series
- Wide Open Throttle
- War on Terrorism
- Wot (musical instrument), a circular panpipe used in the music of Isan, Thailand
- WOT: Web of Trust, a free browser add-on for Firefox and IE, that lets users easily see the reliability of websites. For searches made with Google and other popular search engines, a tiny icon will appear beside the link — green for go, yellow for proceed with caution and red for stop.
- Web of Trust, a mechanism used for authenticating cryptographic keys
- White Order of Thule, a 1990s society formed by federal prisoner Peter Georgacarakos, Michael Lujan, Joseph Kerrick
- Waste of Time
- Wall of Text
wot in Italian: WOT