Incorrect spelling


Incorrect spelling, explanation: the correct spelling is witness because it matches with the original forms: Middle English witnesse and Old English ġewitnes. It doesn’t contain the double -t consonant, only the double -s. It’s not only a noun but also a verb. Wittness is thus a wrong form and the right one is witness.

Correct spelling


Correct spelling, explanation: witness is a noun/verb that comes from Middle English witnesse and Old English ġewitnes. As you can see, there’s no reason to spell that word with a double -t. It should contain only one double vowel, i.e. -s. Witness is a correct version and wittness is just a mistake.

Definition of witness:
1. noun, someone who can provide information, testimony, or evidence about what they have seen, heard, or experienced
The witness identified the suspect in the lineup as the person they saw fleeing the scene of the crime.
The witness‘s testimony provided crucial information that helped the jury reach a verdict in the trial.
2. verb, to see, observe, or be present at an event or occurrence
I was fortunate to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the mountains during my morning hike.
Several bystanders witnessed the car accident and rushed to help the injured individuals before emergency services arrived.

Collocations with witness:
Some most commonly used collocations include:
1. Hostile witness – a witness who is uncooperative or unfriendly toward the party that called them to testify.
The defense attorney had to handle the cross-examination of the hostile witness, who was uncooperative and evasive on the stand.
2. Prosecution witness – a witness called by the prosecution in a legal case to present evidence against the accused.
The prosecution presented a series of witnesses, including the victim’s family members, as prosecution witnesses to establish a motive and present evidence.
3. Defense witness – a witness called by the defense in a legal case to support their version of events or provide evidence in favor of the accused.
The defense called an expert psychologist as a defense witness to testify about the defendant’s mental state at the time of the incident.
4. Character witness – a person who testifies about the character or reputation of the accused or a party involved in a case.
The character witness spoke highly of the defendant’s integrity and reputation, providing a positive testimony during the trial.