[ chit-linz, -lingz ]
/ ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz /


Also chit·lins [chit-linz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz/.

Definition for chitlins (2 of 2)


or chit·lings

[ chit-linz, -lingz ]
/ ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
Also chit·lins [chit-linz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz/.

Origin of chitterlings

1250–1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chitlins


chitlins (ˈtʃɪtlɪnz) or chitlings (ˈtʃɪtlɪŋz)

/ (ˈtʃɪtəlɪŋz) /

pl n

(sometimes singular) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish

Word Origin for chitterlings

C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel
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Word Origin and History for chitlins



late 13c., cheterlingis "entrails, souse" (early 13c. in surnames), origins obscure, but probably from an unrecorded Old English word having something to do with entrails (related to Old English cwið "womb;" cf. German Kutteln "guts, bowels, tripe, chitterlings," Gothic qiþus "womb"). Variants chitlins (1842) and chitlings (1880) both also had a sense of "shreds, tatters."

"While I was in this way rollin' in clover, by picturin' what was to be, they wur tarin' my character all to chitlins up at home." [John S. Robb, "Streaks of Squatter Life," Philadelphia, 1843]
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