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  Dictionary Definition of wite


wite 1   /waɪt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [wahyt] Show IPA noun, verb, wit⋅ed, wit⋅ing. –noun 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. Also, wyte. Origin: bef. 900; (n.) ME, OE wīte penalty; c. OHG wīzi, ON vīti; (v.) ME witen, OE wītan to blame