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or chit·lings

[chit-linz, -lingz]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
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Also chit·lins [chit-linz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz/.

Origin of chitterlings

1250–1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense
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Historical Examples

  • When you take the chitterlings on your plate season them with pepper and vinegar.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Hanging from the poles which upheld the awnings were sausages, chitterlings, and hams.

  • It was that of the compartment reserved for the chitterlings, sausages, and black-puddings.

  • That is the Chitterlings' lot; they shall have their bellyful of it.

  • The liver, roe, and chitterlings should be placed so that the carver may observe them, and invite the guests to partake of them.

British Dictionary definitions for chitterlings


chitlins (ˈtʃɪtlɪnz) or chitlings (ˈtʃɪtlɪŋz)

pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish
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Word Origin

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


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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