a simple past tense and past participle of light1.
Slang. under the influence of liquor or narcotics; intoxicated (usually followed by up).
Origin of lit1
1910–15 for def 2
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Related Words for lit upignite
British Dictionary definitions for lit up
drugged, esp on heroin
a past tense and past participle of light 1 an alternative past tense and past participle of light 2
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Word Origin and History for lit up
from past participle of light (v.2). Slang meaning "drunk" is recorded from 1914.
colloquial shortening of literature, attested by 1850.
"color, hue, dye," early 12c., from Old Norse litr "color," from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz (cf. Old English wlite "brightness, beauty," Old Frisian wlite "exterior, form," Gothic *wlits "face, form").
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