chit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chit the bill in a restaurant "he asked the waiter for the check"
    • n chit a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect "she was incensed that this chit of a girl should dare to make a fool of her in front of the class","she's a saucy chit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chit A child or babe; as, a forward chit ; also, a young, small, or insignificant person or animal. "A little chit of a woman."
    • Chit A short letter or note; a written message or memorandum; a certificate given to a servant; a pass, or the like.
    • Chit A signed voucher or memorandum of a small debt, as for food and drinks at a club.
    • Chit A small tool used in cleaving laths.
    • Chit An excrescence on the body, as a wart.
    • 3d pers. sing Chit Chideth.
    • Chit The embryo or the growing bud of a plant; a shoot; a sprout; as, the chits of Indian corn or of potatoes.
    • v. i Chit To shoot out; to sprout. "I have known barley chit in seven hours after it had been thrown forth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chit The germ or embryo of a seed. See cut under wheat.
    • n chit A pimple; a wart.
    • chit To sprout; shoot, as a seed or plant.
    • n chit A young animal; a whelp.
    • n chit Specifically— A young cat; a kitten.
    • n chit A child or babe; a pert young person, especially a girl.
    • n chit A kind of bird.
    • n chit An instrument for cleaving laths.
    • chit A Middle English contraction of chideth Chaucer.
    • n chit In the East Indies, China, Japan, etc., a note or letter; a short writing of any kind, as a letter of recommendation, a note of indebtedness, an order, a pass, etc. The form chitty is not in use in China and Japan.
    • n chit plural Small rice.
    • n chit Also used attributively. See chitty-faced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chit chit a note: an order or pass
    • Chit Also Chit′ty
    • n Chit chit a baby: a lively or pert young child: contemptuously, a young woman or girl.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. cīð, shoot, sprig, from the same root as cīnan, to yawn. See Chink a cleft
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cith, a young tender shoot.

Usage

In literature:

Cowper, the divine chit-chat of, 388.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
No, I sit up here and am angry at her, the stupid chit!
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The "chit" as a moral pitfall is more potent in Hong Kong than in India or other Eastern lands possessing a sprinkling of Europeans.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
I wrote him a "chit," or letter of recommendation, which I hope served his purpose if he could get any one to read it.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
I left a little chit of a child, and now I behold a grown-up young lady.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Grace could not comprehend her companion's character, and Irene wearied of her gay, heedless chit-chat.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
It is not intended to detail the many incidents that befell them on the way, the chit-chat of steamboats, railroads, and hotels.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
No one watched them read the chits, but Talbot, glancing up from his plate, saw a look on Borwick's face.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
But the chit wasn't going to sleep again.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Nor did I know that there was any thing of eloquence in my chit-chat.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
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In poetry:

See! the boat is dashing onward,
Through the trackless ocean, bold,
While the merry chit-chat gaily
Echoes through her splendid hold.
"Lines On Hearing Of The Burning Of The Steamer "Lexington."" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"Phoebe! Phoebe! Where is the chit?
When I want her most she's out of the way.
Child, you're running a long account
Up, to be squared on Judgment-day.
"Phoebe's Wooing" by Horatio Alger Jr
She had with her her boy—a nice little chit
Full of romp and mischief, and childish wit,
And every time that we thunder'd by,
Both were out on the watch for Nottman and I.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson
CLARIN. Oh! my master wise!
By the concomitance of my hands and eyes,
I've learned some magic, and would know by it
If Livia, that ungrateful little chit,
Has played me false since I have been away,
Embracing that rogue Moscon on my day.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

We sit down on a plane or at bus stop or a coffee shop, starting chit-chatting with the fellow passenger or grandma-looking wait.
When he's walking toward the locker room in the Knicks' practice facility, where reporters congregate to talk to players, he's not slowing down to say hello or chit-chat.
Weekend Chit -chat with Kaneland boys cross country's Conor Johnson.
Ann Romney Surprises Florida Volunteers with Pizza and Chit Chat (Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).
Ann Romney Surprises Florida Volunteers with Pizza and Chit Chat.
Published Saturday, August 18, 2012, at 7:05 a.m. John Hennessy has 15 years' experience in the wireless phone business, owning and running a chain of Chit Chat Wireless stores in Wichita, Missouri, Texas and New Mexico.
Danny and I head down the trail again for our Wednesday crossrails and chit-chat club.
Chit chat with the brewer in Marietta.
The other day I was making chit-chat with a guy in line at the grocery store when he asked me what I did and I told him I wrote a column for a local newspaper.
I think what started as minimal chit-chat questioning the values of food production and agriculture has now become a booming roar as celebrities, Hollywood, activists, politicians and the media pass judgements on farmers and ranchers.
A new survey found that water cooler chit-chat is the biggest time waster at the office.
At Budget Inn and Suites Orlando West, IHOP Restaurant and Chit Chat Lounge are on-site and will surely satisfy your hunger.
Gotta get to work on that, so no time for idle chit-chat here.
Sihung Lung, Yu-Wen Wang, Jacqueline Wu Chien-Lien, Kuei-Mei Yang, Sylvia Chang, Winston Chao, Chao-jung Chen, Lester Chit-Man Chan, Yu Chen.
An invitation to CHiT CHaT.
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