verb (used with object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.

verb (used without object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.


released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of): quit of all further responsibilities.

Nearby words

  1. quis custodiet ipsos custodes?,
  2. quis separabit?,
  3. quisling,
  4. quisling, vidkun,
  5. quist,
  6. quit while one's ahead,
  7. quit-rent,
  8. quitch,
  9. quitch grass,
  10. quitclaim

Origin of quit

1175–1225; (adj.) Middle English quit(te) exempt, freed, acquitted of (< Old French quite) < Medieval Latin quittus, by-form of quītus (≫ Middle English quit(e); see quite), for Latin quiētus quiet1; (v.) Middle English quit(t)en to pay, acquit oneself < Old French quit(t)er < Medieval Latin quittāre, quiētāre to release, discharge, Late Latin quiētare to put to rest, quiet1

3. surrender, release. 12. acquitted, discharged.

Related formsquit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·quit·ted, adjective

Can be confusedquiet quit quite




any of various small tropical birds.

Origin of quit

1845–50; orig. Jamaican English, of uncertain origin

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British Dictionary definitions for quit


verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit

(tr) to depart from; leavehe quitted the place hastily
to resign; give up (a job)he quitted his job today
(intr) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave themthey received notice to quit
to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break offquit laughing
(tr) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
(tr) archaic to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself)he quits himself with great dignity


(usually predicative foll by of) free (from); released (from)he was quit of all responsibility for their safety

Word Origin for quit

C13: from Old French quitter, from Latin quiētus quiet; see quietus

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Word Origin and History for quit
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Idioms and Phrases with quit


In addition to the idiom beginning with quit

  • quite a bit
  • quit while one's ahead

also see:

  • call it quits
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