1 /waɪt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [wahyt] Show IPA noun, verb, wit⋅ed, wit⋅ing.
1. (in Anglo-Saxon law)
a. a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.
b. a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.
2. Chiefly Scot. responsibility for a crime, fault, or misfortune; blame.
–verb (used with object)
3. Chiefly Scot. to blame for; declare guilty of.
bef. 900; (n.) ME, OE wīte penalty; c. OHG wīzi, ON vīti; (v.) ME witen, OE wītan to blame