verb (used with object), out·wit·ted, out·wit·ting.
- to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart: to outwit a dangerous opponent.
- Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
verb -wits, -witting or -witted (tr)
- to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
- archaic to be of greater intelligence than
v.“to get the better of by superior wits,” 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.