kitten

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English[edit]

Two kittens

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

kitten ‎(plural kittens)

  1. A young cat, especially before sexual maturity (reached at about seven months).
    • 2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, in Guardian[1]:
      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]

Borrowing from English kitten

Pronunciation[edit]

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

  1. to apply sealant to
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of kitten (weak)
infinitive kitten
past singular kitte
past participle gekit
infinitive kitten
gerund kitten n
verbal noun
present tense past tense
1st person singular kit kitte
2nd person sing. (jij) kit kitte
2nd person sing. (u) kit kitte
2nd person sing. (gij) kit kitte
3rd person singular kit kitte
plural kitten kitten
subjunctive sing.1 kitte kitte
subjunctive plur.1 kitten kitten
imperative sing. kit
imperative plur.1 kit
participles kittend gekit
1) Archaic.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

kitten

  1. Plural form of kit