(i. e. Whittington's.) Newgate. Cant.--Five rum-padders are rubbed in the darkmans out of the whit, and are piked into the deuseaville; five highwaymen broke out of Newgate in the night, and are gone into the country.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Whit (?), n. [OE. wight, wiht, AS. wiht a creature, a thing. See Wight, and cf. Aught, Naught.]

The smallest part or particle imaginable; a bit; a jot; an iota; -- generally used in an adverbial phrase in a negative sentence.

"Samuel told him every whit." 1 Sam. iii. 18. "Every whit as great."


So shall I no whit be behind in duty. Shak.

It does not me a whit displease. Cowley.


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