[ fit-er ]
/ ˈfɪt ər /


a person or thing that fits.
a person who fits garments.
a worker who fits together or adjusts the parts of machinery.
a person who supplies and fixes fittings or fixtures.
a person who furnishes or equips with whatever is necessary for some purpose.

Nearby words

  1. fits and starts, by,
  2. fitspiration,
  3. fitspo,
  4. fitted,
  5. fitten,
  6. fitting,
  7. fitting room,
  8. fittingly,
  9. fittipaldi,
  10. fittonia

Origin of fitter

First recorded in 1650–60; fit1 + -er1

Origin of fit

1325–75; Middle English fitten; akin to Middle Dutch vitten to befit

Related formsfit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·fit·ta·ble, adjective

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fitter


/ (ˈfɪtə) /


a person who fits a garment, esp when it is made for a particular person
a person who is skilled in the assembly and adjustment of machinery, esp of a specified sortan electrical fitter
a person who supplies something for an expedition, activity, etc


/ (fɪt) /

verb fits, fitting or fitted or US fit

adjective fitter or fittest


See also fit in, fit out, fit up

Derived Formsfittable, adjective

Word Origin for fit

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


/ (fɪt) /


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


/ (fɪt) /


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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Word Origin and History for fitter
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fitter


In addition to the idioms beginning with fit

  • fit as a fiddle
  • fit in
  • fit like a glove
  • fit out
  • fits and starts, by
  • fit to be tied
  • fit to kill

also see:

  • give someone fits
  • have a fit
  • if the shoe fits
  • see fit to
  • survival of the fittest
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