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  1. a signed note for money owed for food, drink, etc.
  2. any receipt, voucher, or similar document, especially of an informal nature.
  3. Chiefly British. a note; short memorandum.

Origin of chit1

1775–85; short for chitty < Hindi chiṭṭī


  1. a child or young person, especially a pert girl.

Origin of chit2

1350–1400; for sense of “the young of an animal”; 1615–25 for current sense; Middle English; perhaps akin to kitten or kid1


noun Hinduism.
  1. cit.


or chit

noun Hinduism.
  1. pure consciousness.

Origin of cit

From Sanskrit
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Examples from the Web for chit

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  • She liked big beds, the chit; she spread herself out and rolled about.


    Emile Zola

  • It staggered you to see this reckless expenditure of material upon a chit of a girl.


    Joseph Conrad

  • It would look at earth and mammon and that chit of a girl, Miss Popularity.

  • When I buy a cigar or drink I give a chit, and that's all there is to it.

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • Thirdly, he had a son whom it would be a pity to entrust to a chit of a girl.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for chit


  1. a voucher for a sum of money owed, esp for food or drink
  2. Also called: chitty (ˈtʃɪtɪ) mainly British
    1. a note or memorandum
    2. a requisition or receipt

Word Origin

C18: from earlier chitty, from Hindi cittha note, from Sanskrit citra brightly-coloured


  1. facetious, or derogatory a pert, impudent, or self-confident girl or childa young chit of a thing

Word Origin

C14 (in the sense: young of an animal, kitten): of obscure origin


abbreviation for (in New Zealand)
  1. Central Institute of Technology
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Word Origin and History for chit


"note," 1776, short for chitty, from Mahrati (Hindi) chitthi "letter, note," from Sanskrit chitra-s "distinctively marked" (cf. cheetah).


"small child," 1620s, originally "young of a beast" (late 14c.); unrelated to chit (n.1); perhaps a playful deformation of kitten, but the "Middle English Dictionary" compares Old High German kizzin "kid."



colloquial shortening of citizen, 1640s; contrasted to a countryman or a gentleman, usually with some measure of opprobrium (Johnson defines it as "A pert low townsman; a pragmatical trader").

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