chit

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English chitte (a young animal, cub, whelp), from Old English *ċietten, from Proto-Germanic *kittīną (young animal, fawn, kid). Cognate with Scots chit (chit), Low German kitte (young animal), German Kitz (fawn, kid). See also kid.

Noun[edit]

chit (plural chits)

  1. A child or babe; a young, small, or insignificant person or animal.
  2. A pert young woman.
  3. A sassy (saucy) or forward young person.
  4. The embryonic growing bud of a plant; a shoot; a sprout; a seedling.
    the chits of Indian corn or of potatoes
  5. (obsolete) An excrescence on the body, as a wart.
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Verb[edit]

chit (third-person singular simple present chits, present participle chitting, simple past and past participle chitted)

  1. (intransitive, UK, dialect) To sprout; to shoot, as a seed or plant.
    • Mortimer
      I have known barley chit in seven hours after it had been thrown forth.
  2. (transitive, UK, dialect) To damage the outer layers of a seed such as Lupinus or Sophora to assist germination.
  3. (transitive, UK, dialect) To initiate sprouting of tubers, such as potatoes, by placing them in special environment, before planting into the soil.
    • 2012, Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg For Dummies, UK Edition, page 173
      Gardeners argue among themselves about how necessary chitting is, but I do chit my seed potatoes.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From chitty from Hindi चिट्ठी (ciṭṭhī, letter, note) or चिट्टी (ciṭṭī, letter, chit, written message), possibly from Sanskrit चित्ति (citti, thoughts).

Noun[edit]

chit (plural chits)

  1. (US and UK dated) A small sheet or scrap of paper with a hand-written note as a reminder or personal message.
  2. (pharmacology) A small sheet of paper on which is written a prescription to be filled; a scrip.
  3. (India, China) A signed voucher or memorandum of a small debt, as for food and drinks at a club.
    • 1901, Falk, by Joseph Conrad
      He just longed to get away from here and try his luck somewhere else, but for the sake of his sister he hung on and on till he ran himself into debt over his ears—I can tell you. I, myself, could show a handful of his chits for meals and drinks in my drawer.
  4. (US, slang) 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, Linda Fairstein, The Bone Vault, Scribner, p98:
      Harry would call in a chit with some desk manager who owed him a favor.
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Etymology 3[edit]

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Noun[edit]

chit (plural chits)

  1. A small tool used in cleaving laths. Compare: froe.
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Etymology 4[edit]

Euphemistic variation of shit

Noun[edit]

chit (uncountable)

  1. (US, slang, euphemistic) Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.

Interjection[edit]

chit

  1. (US, slang, euphemistic) Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.

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