verb (used with object), slit, slit·ting.

to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or opening in.
to cut or rend into strips; split.


a straight, narrow cut, opening, or aperture.

Origin of slit

1175–1225; Middle English slitte (noun), slitten (v.); cognate with German schlitzen to split, slit; akin to Old English slite a slit, geslit a bite, slītan to split; see slice
Related formsslit·less, adjectiveslit·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slitlike

Historical Examples of slitlike

  • Polycarp regarded him cunningly with his little, slitlike eyes.

    Lonesome Land

    B. M. Bower

  • On the lower floor of the mouth can be seen the slitlike glottis leading to the lungs.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for slitlike


verb slits, slitting or slit (tr)

to make a straight long incision in; split open
to cut into strips lengthwise
to sever


a long narrow cut
a long narrow opening
Derived Formsslitter, noun

Word Origin for slit

Old English slītan to slice; related to Old Norse slita, Old High German slīzen
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Word Origin and History for slitlike



c.1200, from or related to Old English slitan "to slit, tear, split, rend to pieces; bite, sting; back-bite," from Proto-Germanic *slitan (cf. Old Saxon slitan, Old Frisian slita, Old Norse slita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch sliten, Dutch slijten, Old High German slizan, German schleißen "to slit"). A more violent verb in Old English than after, e.g. slitcwealm "death by rending." Slit skirt is attested from 1913.A slitting-mill (1660s) cut iron plates into thin rods for making nails, etc.



mid-13c., "long cut or rent (in clothes), incision," from slit (v.). Slang sense of "vulva" is attested from 1640s. Old English had slit (n.) with a sense of "a rending, bite; backbiting."

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