a delicate bit or morsel of food.
a choice or pleasing bit of anything, as news or gossip.

Also especially British, titbit.

Origin of tidbit

1630–40; tide1 (in sense “feast day”) + bit2
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Related Words for tidbit

goody, morsel, snack, bite, delicacy, treat, mouthful, bit, titbit

Examples from the Web for tidbit

Contemporary Examples of tidbit

Historical Examples of tidbit

  • It reminds one of sea-birds skimming the water, and anon diving for a tidbit.

    The Cold Snap

    Edward Bellamy

  • Then he brought some tidbit in his beak, went to the edge of the nest, and fed her.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • Often some tidbit of food lay there, brought for Bobby by a stranger.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • In order to thrust a tidbit into his mouth she must often stand on her tiptoes.

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

  • Mac digested this tidbit as he pulled on a fresh pair of coveralls.

    Tight Squeeze

    Dean Charles Ing

British Dictionary definitions for tidbit



the usual US spelling of titbit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tidbit

c.1640, probably from dialectal tid "fond, solicitous, tender" + bit (n.1) "morsel."

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