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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Possibly from Middle English chitte 'kitten, cub'.

Noun

Singular
chit

Plural
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chit ({{{1}}})
  1. A child or babe; as, a forward chit. Also, a young, small, or insignificant person or animal.
  2. A pert young woman
  3. The embryo or the growing bud of a plant; a shoot; a sprout; a seedling.
  4. (obsolete) An excrescence on the body, as a wart.

Verb

Infinitive
to chit

Third person singular
chits

Simple past
chitted

Past participle
-

Present participle
chitting

to chit (third-person singular simple present chits, present participle chitting, simple past and past participle chitted) (UK, dialectal)
  1. (intransitive) To sprout; to shoot, as a seed or plant.
  2. (transitive) To damage the outer layers of a seed such as Lupinus or Sophora to assist germination.

Etymology 2

From chitty from Hindi chitthi "letter", "note" from Sanskrit; from Hindi 'chit' - a small piece of paper or a note.

Noun

Singular
chit

Plural
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chit ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A small sheet or scrap of paper with a hand-written note as a reminder; a scrip.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A signed voucher or memorandum of a small debt, as for food and drinks at a club.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A debt or favor owed in return for a prior loan or favor granted, especially a political favor.
    2007, New York Times, [1]
    • And he is cashing in chits for her that Mr. Gore, post-impeachment, never asked him to do.
    2003 Fairstein, Linda, The Bone Vault, Scribner, p98:
    • Harry would call in a chit with some desk manager who owed him a favor.

Etymology 3

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Noun

Singular
chit

Plural
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  1. A small tool used in cleaving laths.

Etymology 4

Euphemistic variation of shit

Noun

Singular
chit

Plural
-

chit (-)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.

Interjection

chit

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.

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