[ kwit ]
/ kwɪt /

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


[ kwit ]
/ kwɪt /


any of various small tropical birds.

Origin of quit

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

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/ (kwɪt) /

verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit


(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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