[ fit-ing ]
/ ˈfɪt ɪŋ /


suitable or appropriate; proper or becoming.


the act of a person or thing that fits.
an act or instance of trying on clothes that are being made or altered to determine proper fit.
anything provided as equipment, parts, supply, etc.
Usually fittings. furniture, fixtures, etc., as of a building or apartment.

Nearby words

  1. fitspiration,
  2. fitspo,
  3. fitted,
  4. fitten,
  5. fitter,
  6. fitting room,
  7. fittingly,
  8. fittipaldi,
  9. fittonia,
  10. fitz

Origin of fitting

First recorded in 1525–35; fit1 + -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

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.


[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

verb Nonstandard (chiefly Older Use ).

simple past tense of fight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fitting


/ (ˈfɪtɪŋ) /


appropriate or proper; suitable


an accessory or partan electrical fitting
(plural) furnishings or accessories in a building
work carried out by a fitter
the act of trying on clothes so that they can be adjusted to fit
British size in clothes or shoesa narrow fitting
Derived Formsfittingly, adverbfittingness, noun


/ (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 fitting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fitting


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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