fit

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[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

noun

a sudden, acute attack or manifestation of a disease, especially one marked by convulsions or unconsciousness: a fit of epilepsy.
an onset, spell, or period of emotion, feeling, inclination, activity, etc.: a fit of anger; a fit of weeping.

Idioms for fit

    by/in fits and starts, at irregular intervals; intermittently: This radio works by fits and starts.
    throw a fit, to become extremely excited or angry: Your father will throw a fit when he hears what you have done.

Origin of fit

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before 1000; Middle English; Old English fitt round of fighting. See fit3
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British Dictionary definitions for by fits and starts (1 of 3)

fit1
/ (fɪt) /

verb fits, fitting or fitted or US fit

adjective fitter or fittest

noun

See also fit in, fit out, fit up

Derived forms of fit

fittable, adjective

Word Origin for fit

C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit

British Dictionary definitions for by fits and starts (2 of 3)

fit2
/ (fɪt) /

noun

verb fits, fitting or fitted

(intr) informal to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure

Word Origin for fit

Old English fitt conflict; see fit ³

British Dictionary definitions for by fits and starts (3 of 3)

fit3
/ (fɪt) /

noun

archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song

Word Origin for fit

Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn
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Idioms and Phrases with by fits and starts (1 of 2)

by fits and starts

see fits and starts.

Idioms and Phrases with by fits and starts (2 of 2)

fit

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