quits

[ kwits ]
/ kwɪts /
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adjective

on equal terms by repayment or retaliation.

Idioms

    call it quits,
    1. to end one's activity, especially temporarily: At 10 o'clock I decided to call it quits for the day.
    2. to abandon an effort.
    cry quits, to agree to end competition and consider both sides equal: It became too dark to continue play and they decided to cry quits.

Origin of quits

1470–80; perhaps < Medieval Latin quittus quit1

Definition for quits (2 of 3)

quit

1
[ kwit ]
/ kwɪt /

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


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

adjective

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

Origin of quit

1
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

SYNONYMS FOR quit

12 acquitted, discharged.

ANTONYMS FOR quit

1, 8 start.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

quiet quit quite

Definition for quits (3 of 3)

quit

2
[ kwit ]
/ kwɪt /

noun

any of various small tropical birds.

Origin of quit

2
1845–50; orig. Jamaican English, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for quits (1 of 2)

quits

/ (kwɪts) informal /

adjective (postpositive)

on an equal footing; evennow we are quits
call it quits to agree to end a dispute, contest, etc, agreeing that honours are even

interjection

an exclamation indicating willingness to give up

British Dictionary definitions for quits (2 of 2)

quit

/ (kwɪt) /

verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit


adjective

(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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Idioms and Phrases with quits

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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