- to end one's activity, especially temporarily: At 10 o'clock I decided to call it quits for the day.
- to abandon an effort.
Origin of quits
verb (used with object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.
verb (used without object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.
Origin of quit1
Synonyms for quit
Antonyms for quit
Origin of quit2
Examples from the Web for quits
Contemporary Examples of quits
Following the release of Nine Types of Light, TV on the Radio thought long and hard about calling it quits.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’
December 3, 2014
I finish a decent game, type my initials, and decide to call it quits.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Rogozin also announced that Russia will call it quits with the International Space Station in 2020.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 22, 2014
Eventually Megan quits her job to pursue acting, and this physical rift mirrors a widening emotional gap between the couple.Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’
April 13, 2014
So she quits, and takes shelter in the northern Scotland woods, hoping to be left alone.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’
April 3, 2014
Historical Examples of quits
If I hurl my assegai at another, another hurls his assegai at me, and in a measure we are quits.The Conquest of Fear
And you, you made me break my head open; one is just as bad as the other; so, with your leave, we are quits.The Imaginary Invalid
Then I shall be quits with her and with Mrs. Henry and with Peggy.The Bacillus of Beauty
The groom now quits his former post, and prepares to assist her to mount.The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual
We were quits; it was my turn to devote my life, and instead of that I have slain you.The Downfall
verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit
Word Origin for quit
"even" (with another), 1660s; earlier "discharged of a liability" (c.1200), perhaps from Medieval Latin quittus (see quit (adj.)).
c.1200, "free, clear" (of debt, etc.), from Old French quite, quitte "free, clear, entire, at liberty; discharged; unmarried," from Medieval Latin quitus, quittus, from Latin quietus "free" (in Medieval Latin "free from war, debts, etc."), also "calm, resting" (see quiet (adj.)).
c.1200, "to repay, discharge" (a debt, etc.), from Old French quiter "clear, establish one's innocence;" also transitive, "release, let go, relinquish, abandon" (12c.), from quite (see quit (adj.)).
Meaning "to reward, give reward" is mid-13c., that of "take revenge; to answer, retort" and "to acquit oneself" are late 14c. From c.1300 as "to acquit (of a charge), declare not guilty." Sense of "leave, depart" is attested from c.1400; that of "stop" (doing something) is from 1640s. Meaning "to give up, relinquish" is from mid-15c. Related: Quitted; quitting. Quitting time is from 1835.
In addition to the idiom beginning with quit
- quite a bit
- quit while one's ahead
- call it quits