From Middle English witter, witer, of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse vitr ("wise, knowing"), from Proto-Germanic *witraz ("knowing"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- ("to know"). Cognate with Icelandic vitur ("wise"). More at wit, wis.
witter (comparative more witter, superlative most witter)
- (obsolete or dialectal) knowing, certain, sure, wis.
From Middle English witteren, witeren, of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse vitra ("to make wise, make sure"), from Proto-Germanic *witr?n? ("to make wise"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- ("to know"). Cognate with Icelandic vitra ("to make wise, make certain"), Icelandic vitur ("wise"). More at wit, wis.
witter (third-person singular simple present witters, present participle wittering, simple past and past participle wittered)
- (intransitive) to speak at length on a trivial subject.
- She got home and started wittering about some religious cult she'd just heard about.
- (intransitive, obsolete or dialectal) to make sure, inform, or declare.
- Comparative form of wit; whiter
From Old Norse vetr, from Proto-Germanic *wintruz. Cognate with Swedish vinter.
Declension of witter
* Occurs in the phrase: i wittres (this winter)
- inflection of wittern:
- first-person singular present
- singular imperative
witter (plural witters)
- (South Scots) water