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[tid-bit] /ˈtɪdˌbɪt/
a delicate bit or morsel of food.
a choice or pleasing bit of anything, as news or gossip.
Also, especially British, titbit.
Origin of tidbit
1630-40; tide1 (in sense “feast day”) + bit2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It reminds one of sea-birds skimming the water, and anon diving for a tidbit.

    The Cold Snap Edward Bellamy
  • Then he brought some tidbit in his beak, went to the edge of the nest, and fed her.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • Often some tidbit of food lay there, brought for Bobby by a stranger.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • In order to thrust a tidbit into his mouth she must often stand on her tiptoes.

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • Mac digested this tidbit as he pulled on a fresh pair of coveralls.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • He stuck his nose over the top wire, begging for some tidbit.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for tidbit


the usual US spelling of titbit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tidbit

c.1640, probably from dialectal tid "fond, solicitous, tender" + bit (n.1) "morsel."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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