mother wit


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mother wit sound practical judgment "Common sense is not so common","he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples","fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mother wit natural or native wit or intelligence.
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  • Thomas H. Huxley
    “No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life.”


Mother wit - Native intelligence; common sense


In literature:

Phillis's kind heart and mother-wit were always ready for an emergency.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
In crowds it is stupidity and not mother-wit that is accumulated.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Terentia was not only the mother of his children, but she had been to him also the witness of his rise in life and the companion of his fall.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
And you know it, Mother Wit!
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
But you cannot count upon mother-wit in everybody; perhaps not even in a majority.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)" by John Morley
His mother witnessed with intense anxiety this wavering of his mind.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
He nearly frightened poor mother Hephzy out of her wits.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
When the witnesses testified against the boy it seemed to hurt the mother much more than the son.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
He hath almost scared mother out of her wits, and now he is trying to fright us.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Poor young mother, how can I relate the scenes I lived to witness!
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
Elinor could not hear the declaration, nor witness its proofs without sometimes wondering whether her mother ever recollected Edward.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The witness afforded by these folk-stories for mother-right cannot be neglected.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Her mother was the only witness remaining.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
I smiled because I thought how at daybreak I would have you witness from a distance the death agonies of your own mother!
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
Mothers shall be our witnesses: theirs is the typical pain, and care, and toil.
"Misread Passage of Scriptures" by J. Baldwin Brown
I had plenty of mother wit, you could read in my eyes that I had a good heart, and, besides, I was by no means poor.
"In Paradise" by Paul Heyse
Well, in my life, I never witnessed such a cool indifference as that displayed by the mother; she must be a female fiend!
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 6 of 6" by Eugène Sue
That spell of definite heart anguish, witnessed and shared by herself, charged all memory now of the children's mother with pathos.
"Capricious Caroline" by E. Maria Albanesi
When his mother lay ill at Bonn, he hurried home from Vienna just in time to witness her death.
"Great Musical Composers" by George T. Ferris
Men seek her for her gaiety, wit, or beauty; mothers look favourably upon her for her dollars.
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell

In poetry:

"For if my father and mother got wit,
And my bold brethren three,
O mickle wad be the gude red blude,
This day wad be spilt for me!
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang
"Now, Christ from frenzy keep my son!"
The woeful Widow cried;
"Such murder foul thou ne'er hast done Some fiend thy soul belied!" " Nay, Mother! the Avenging One
Was witness when she died!
"The Slave Dealer" by Thomas Pringle
So from a million bloody graves,
From lands that groan with myriad slaves,
The witnesses appear.
The widow's shriek, the orphan's wail,
The mother's moan thy soul assail,
And smite upon thy ear.
"Battle of The Alma" by Janet Hamilton
Thou little think'st and less dost know
The cause of this thy mother's moan,
Thou want'st the wit to wail her woe,
And I myself am all alone.
Why dost thou weep? why dost thou wail? And knowest not yet what thou dost ail.
"A Sweet Lullaby" by Nicholas Breton
"Nay, Newport, a child in years, the bright-eyed maid,
Yet with heart of gold and mother wit
Working e'er to save our colony from ruin.
He who dares vile slander make or evil think
Is unworthy woman's love or England's trust."
"Pocahontas - III Smith And Newport" by Virginia Carter Castleman
Oh! heaven, it must have been an appalling sight,
To witness in the dead stillness of the night
Frantic fathers and mothers, struggling hard against the roaring flood,
To save themselves and little ones, their own. flesh and blood.
"The Great Yellow River Inundation in China" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Witness saw mother get shot.
For the past six years, I've witnessed it all: Your mother's torrid affair with a local newscaster.
A mother and son were killed after a fight on the basketball court between middle school students and one of the suspects in the case is being investigated for possibly trying to intimidate witnesses.
It's possible that Lolita 's mother witnessed her daughter's capture in 1970.
Mother Wit Grace Paley's nonfiction centers on her political and literary life.
Maria Lauterbach's mother takes witness stand in trial.
Defense calls no witnesses in murder trial of Jeffrey Pyne, accused of killing mother.
Mother of Kyser Miree's killer takes plea bargain in witness threat case .
Saginaw mother hopes a witness will come forward in son's 2008 shooting death.
Defense calls no witnesses in murder trial of Jeffrey Pyne, accused of killing mother.
Eyewitness Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interview by police outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning Friday, July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo.
Four-year-old witnessed father kill mother, shooting may have been planned.
No witnesses called in defense of Jeffrey Pyne, accused of killing mentally ill mother.
Witnesses reveal turbulent family life surrounding mother's mental illness .
At the age of 12, former NBA player Thabiti Boone witnessed his severely depressed mother attempt suicide when she jumped from a six-story building and landed at his feet.