chit

1
[chit]
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noun

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 chit

1
1775–85; short for chitty < Hindi chiṭṭī

chit

2
[chit]

noun

a child or young person, especially a pert girl.

Origin of chit

2
1350–1400; for sense of “the young of an animal”; 1615–25 for current sense; Middle English; perhaps akin to kitten or kid1

chit

3
[chit]

noun Hinduism.

cit

or chit

[chit]

noun Hinduism.

pure consciousness.

Origin of cit

From Sanskrit
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Examples from the Web for chits

Historical Examples of chits

  • No one watched them read the chits, but Talbot, glancing up from his plate, saw a look on Borwick's face.

    Life in a Tank

    Richard Haigh

  • They had now grown into a pair of fine young women and were chits no longer.

    Within the Capes

    Howard Pyle

  • Do you think my lady has nought to do but attend to the whimsies of chits like you?

    Penshurst Castle

    Emma Marshall

  • And as for the chits on the other side—whew, they blow right and left, as the feathers on their hats do.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • The minute and detailed descriptions of the sexual act given by chits of 10 and 11 would do credit to the pages of Mirabeau.



British Dictionary definitions for chits

chit

1

noun

a voucher for a sum of money owed, esp for food or drink
Also called: chitty (ˈtʃɪtɪ) mainly British
  1. a note or memorandum
  2. a requisition or receipt

Word Origin for chit

C18: from earlier chitty, from Hindi cittha note, from Sanskrit citra brightly-coloured

chit

2

noun

facetious, or derogatory a pert, impudent, or self-confident girl or childa young chit of a thing

Word Origin for chit

C14 (in the sense: young of an animal, kitten): of obscure origin

CIT

abbreviation for (in New Zealand)

Central Institute of Technology
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Word Origin and History for chits

chit

n.1

"note," 1776, short for chitty, from Mahrati (Hindi) chitthi "letter, note," from Sanskrit chitra-s "distinctively marked" (cf. cheetah).

chit

n.2

"small child," 1620s, originally "young of a beast" (late 14c.); unrelated to chit (n.1); perhaps a playful deformation of kitten, but the "Middle English Dictionary" compares Old High German kizzin "kid."

cit

n.

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").

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