kitten

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English[edit]

A kitten

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English kiton, kitoun, kyton (kitten), diminutive of cat (cat). First element probably from Middle English kiteling (kitten, kit), from Old Norse ketlingr (kitten), or possibly from Anglo-Norman *kiton, Old French chiton, diminutive of cat, chat (cat), from Late Latin cattus. Compare Low German kitten (kitten). More at kitling, cat, -en.

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Noun[edit]

kitten (plural kittens)

  1. A young cat. Diminutive: kitty.
    • 2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, Guardian:
      Jailing her on Wednesday, magistrate Liz Clyne told Robins: "You have shown little remorse either for the death of the kitten or the trauma to your former friend Sarah Knutton." She was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
  2. A young rabbit, rat, hedgehog, squirrel, fox, beaver or badger.

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Verb[edit]

kitten (third-person singular simple present kittens, present participle kittening, simple past and past participle kittened)

  1. To give birth to kittens.

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Etymology 1[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kitten m (plural kittens, diminutive kittentje n)

  1. a young cat; kitten
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Etymology 2[edit]

From kit (sealant).

Verb[edit]

kitten (past singular kitte, past participle gekit)

  1. to apply sealant to
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

kitten

  1. Plural form of kit