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Idioms about fit

    fit to be tied, Informal. extremely annoyed or angry: He was fit to be tied when I told him I'd wrecked the car.
    fit to kill, Informal. to the limit; exceedingly: She was dressed up fit to kill.

Origin of fit

1
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English fitten, fetten “to marshal or deploy troops; to be fitting, befit;” possibly from Old Norse fitja “to web, knit;” akin to Middle Dutch vitten “to befit”

usage note for fit

Both fit and fitted are standard as past tense and past participle of fit1 : The new door fit (or fitted ) the old frame perfectly. The suit had fitted (or fit ) well last year. Fitted is somewhat more common than fit in the sense “to adjust, make conform”: The tailor fitted the suit with a minimum of fuss. In the passive voice, fitted is the more common past participle: The door was fitted with a new handle.

OTHER WORDS FROM fit

fit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·fit·ta·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fit

fit , fitted (see usage note at the current entry)

Other definitions for fit (2 of 5)

fit2
[ 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.

Origin of fit

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English fitt “round of fighting”; see fit3

Other definitions for fit (3 of 5)

fit3
[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

noun Archaic.
a song, ballad, or story.
a division of a song, ballad, or story.

Origin of fit

3
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English fitt “round of singing, canto, song, speech”

Other definitions for fit (4 of 5)

fit4
[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

verb Nonstandard (chiefly Older Use).
simple past tense of fight.

Origin of fit

4
First recorded in 1805–10

Other definitions for fit (5 of 5)

FIT

Banking. Federal Insurance Tax.
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How to use fit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fit (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 fit (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 fit (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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Medical definitions for fit (1 of 2)

fit 22
[ fĭt ]

n.
A seizure or a convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.
The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.

Medical definitions for fit (2 of 2)

fit 11
[ fĭt ]

v.
To be the proper size and shape.
adj.
Physically sound; healthy.
n.
The degree of precision with which surfaces are adjusted or adapted to each other in a machine, device, or collection of parts.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fit

fit

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