- a signed note for money owed for food, drink, etc.
- any receipt, voucher, or similar document, especially of an informal nature.
- Chiefly British. a note; short memorandum.
Origin of chit1
- a child or young person, especially a pert girl.
Origin of chit2
- pure consciousness.
Origin of cit
Examples from the Web for chits
I, myself, could show a handful of his chits for meals and drinks in my drawer.Falk
Lisle noticed that he often paid in chits, instead of money.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
Night-marching in sleet and wind is not for chits of seventeen.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Do you think my lady has nought to do but attend to the whimsies of chits like you?Penshurst Castle
Probably not—but that does not console Lieut. —— for the loss of his chits.Up the Country
- a voucher for a sum of money owed, esp for food or drink
- Also called: chitty (ˈtʃɪtɪ) mainly British
- a note or memorandum
- a requisition or receipt
- facetious, or derogatory a pert, impudent, or self-confident girl or childa young chit of a thing
- Central Institute of Technology
Word Origin and History for chits
"note," 1776, short for chitty, from Mahrati (Hindi) chitthi "letter, note," from Sanskrit chitra-s "distinctively marked" (cf. cheetah).
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").