[ kit-n ]
See synonyms for: kittenkittens on

  1. a young cat.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. (of cats) to give birth; bear.

Origin of kitten

1350–1400; Middle English kitoun, apparently blend of kitelingkitling and Middle French chitoun, variant of chaton kitten

Other words from kitten

  • kit·ten·like, adjective

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How to use kitten in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kitten


/ (ˈkɪtən) /

  1. a young cat

  2. have kittens or have a canary British informal to react with disapproval, anxiety, etc: she had kittens when she got the bill US equivalent: have a cow

  1. (of cats) to give birth to (young)

Origin of kitten

C14: from Old Northern French caton, from cat 1; probably influenced by Middle English kiteling

Derived forms of kitten

  • kitten-like, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with kitten


see have a fit (kittens); weak as a kitten.

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