kitten

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English[edit]

A kitten.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English kitoun, kiton, kyton (kitten), diminutive of cat (cat), equivalent to cat +‎ -en. 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).
  2. A young rabbit, rat, hedgehog, squirrel, fox, beaver, badger, etc.

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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.
    • 2003, Cora Linn Daniels, ‎C. M. Stevans, Encyclopfdia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World:
      A cat about to kitten, must not be spoken of by its name, but called a witch. (Madagascar.)
    • 2016, Kerry Greenwood, Murder and Mendelssohn, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 319:
      'Princess the Lady Regina of Alphington is about to kitten. I must be there to support her.'

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from English kitten.

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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

  1. to apply sealant to
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of kitten (weak)
infinitive kitten
past singular kitte
past participle gekit
infinitive kitten
gerund kitten n
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

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Kitt +‎ -en

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈkɪtn̩]
  • Hyphenation: kit‧ten
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

kitten (third-person singular simple present kittet, past tense kittete, past participle gekittet, auxiliary haben)

  1. to putty, to cement

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