wit

(redirected from repartee)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

wit

1. the talent or quality of using unexpected associations between contrasting or disparate words or ideas to make a clever humorous effect
2. speech or writing showing this quality
3. a person possessing, showing, or noted for such an ability, esp in repartee
References in classic literature ?
Rochester, allow me to disown my first answer: I intended no pointed repartee: it was only a blunder."
--Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany, than you will hear over the half-inch white cedar of the whale-boat, when thus hung in hangman's nooses; and, like the six burghers of Calais before King Edward, the six men composing the crew pull into the jaws of death, with a halter around every neck, as you may say.
A few moments later, three steaming cups of coffee were served, and topped off a substantial breakfast, which was additionally seasoned by the jokes and repartees of the guests.
Northerton did not very well relish the sarcasm of Jones; but he thought the provocation was scarce sufficient to justify a blow, or a rascal, or scoundrel, which were the only repartees that suggested themselves.
(for I verily think he was not full thirty feet high), became so insolent at seeing a creature so much beneath him, that he would always affect to swagger and look big as he passed by me in the queen's antechamber, while I was standing on some table talking with the lords or ladies of the court, and he seldom failed of a smart word or two upon my littleness; against which I could only revenge myself by calling him brother, challenging him to wrestle, and such repartees as are usually in the mouths of court pages.
Amber and Gabriel step up their flirty repartee and Lenny voices his disapproval.
Coming into Repartee, feels like coming home with its cushy cigar chairs, expertly stocked bar, and light yet delicious food offerings.
It's still far from a human having a witty repartee with an android butler, but it looks like the science for that is heading in the right direction.
A tribute act re-enacts Francie's overzealousness and Josie's garrulous repartee to wide-boy effect, this is old-school comedy rarely see now.
Their repartee is pitched just right - you can't help but smile when Murray describes George as a man who has been at the Lakeside so long he is classed as a listed building.
Such charm such wit, such repartee, one so unique, they broke your mold.
Unfortunate for Matt whose charmless repartee was rewarded on the big reveal as his chosen girl exclaimed in horror: "Oh my God, you look like Frankie Cocozza," and didn't show on their date.