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[lit] /lɪt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of light1 .
adjective
2.
Slang. under the influence of liquor or narcotics; intoxicated (usually followed by up).
Origin of lit1
1910-1915
1910-15 for def 2
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Examples from the Web for lit up
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  • lit up some when Mr. Wagner sent him one of his love letters.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • And the light that had lit up my dim soul gave me inspiration.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • What do you say to a kind of a straw color, all lit up with tulips?

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The rooms on the first floor were lit up, one after the other.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • He lit up a cigar and begun to get more sociable, in his way.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for lit up

lit up

adjective (slang)
1.
drunk
2.
drugged, esp on heroin

lit

/lɪt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of light1
2.
an alternative past tense and past participle of light2
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Word Origin and History for lit up

lit

adj.

from past participle of light (v.2). Slang meaning "drunk" is recorded from 1914.

lit

n.2

colloquial shortening of literature, attested by 1850.

lit

n.1

"color, hue, dye," early 12c., from Old Norse litr "color," from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz (cf. Old English wlite "brightness, beauty," Old Frisian wlite "exterior, form," Gothic *wlits "face, form").

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Slang definitions & phrases for lit up

lit up

adjective phrase

  1. Drunk: I found Uncle Peter and he was also lit up (1902+)
  2. Intoxicated with narcotics; high (1960s+ Narcotics)

lit 1

noun

Literature: comp lit/ black lit (1850+)

lit 2

adjective

Drunk (1917+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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