Definition of University Wit in English:

University Wit


  • Any of a group of university-educated English poets and playwrights who flourished in the 1580s and 1590s.

    The writers so classified include Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Nashe, George Peele, Thomas Kyd, Robert Greene, John Lyly, and Thomas Lodge.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The North British Review.