lit

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verb
  1. a simple past tense and past participle of light1.

adjective
  1. Slang. under the influence of liquor or narcotics; intoxicated (usually followed by up).

  2. Slang. amazing; awesome; cool (used as a general term of approval): Today's rally was really lit!

Origin of lit

1
First recorded in 1895–1900 in the sense “intoxicated”

Other definitions for lit (2 of 6)

lit2
[ lit ]

verb
  1. a simple past tense and past participle of light3.

Other definitions for lit (3 of 6)

lit3
[ lit ]

nounInformal.
  1. literature: a college course in English lit.

Origin of lit

3
First recorded in 1850–55; by shortening

Other definitions for lit (4 of 6)

lit4
[ lit ]

noun

Other definitions for lit. (5 of 6)

lit.

abbreviation
  1. liter; liters.

  2. literal.

  1. literally.

  2. literary.

  3. literature.

Other definitions for Lit. (6 of 6)

Lit.

abbreviation
  1. (in Italy) lira; lire.

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How to use lit in a sentence

  • Joe looked at her with a smile, his face still solemn and serious for all its youth and the fires of new-lit hope behind his eyes.

    The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • A flash of surprise and pleasure lit the fine eyes of the haughty beauty perched up there on the palace wall.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Groping to the chimney-place with the aid of his matches, Mr. Collingwood found the candle and lit it.

    The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • She lit another cigarette, and for a few moments looked silently out of the window at the darkening woods beyond the lawn.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • When he was gone, Isaacson returned to his sitting-room upstairs and lit a nargeeleh pipe.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for lit (1 of 2)

lit

/ (lɪt) /


verb
  1. a past tense and past participle of light 1

  2. an alternative past tense and past participle of light 2

British Dictionary definitions for lit. (2 of 2)

lit.

abbreviation for
  1. literal(ly)

  2. literary

  1. literature

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