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Syllabification: tit

noun

1A titmouse.
Example sentences
  • This behavior is especially prevalent among chickadees and tits that scatter hoard food items in foliage, branches, and bark of trees.
  • Scurrying about in the woodland fringes, hedges and feeding sites are finches, tits and thrushes keep your eyes open for the occasional hen harrier, merlin and sparrowhawk.
  • He pointed out that not only pigeons live in the South Parade area, but ravens, jackdaws, collared doves, blackbirds, thrushes, wagtails, tits and the now-endangered house sparrow.
1.1Used in names of birds similar or related to the titmouse, e.g., New Zealand tit.

Origin

mid 16th century: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic titlingur 'sparrow'; compare with titmouse. Earlier senses were 'small horse' and 'girl'; the current sense dates from the early 18th century.

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  • Few words in English have such snigger-inducing contrasts in meaning. In the name for small songbirds, tit is probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic titlingur ‘sparrow’. It first appeared in English in the Middle Ages in the longer equivalent titmouse, though mice had nothing to do with it—the second element was originally mose, which also meant ‘tit’. It changed to mouse in the 16th century, probably because of the bird's small size and quick movements. In Old English a tit was a teat or nipple—it is from the same root as teat (Middle English). In modern English it is a term for a woman's breast, a use that arose in the USA in the early 20th century. Since the 1970s British tits and bums and American tits and ass have suggested crudely sexual images of women. As a name for a foolish person, used since the 19th century, tit may be the same word, or it may have evolved from twit.

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Syllabification: tit

noun

vulgar slang

Origin

Old English tit 'teat, nipple', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tit and German Zitze. The vulgar slang use was originally US and dates from the early 20th century.

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  • Few words in English have such snigger-inducing contrasts in meaning. In the name for small songbirds, tit is probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic titlingur ‘sparrow’. It first appeared in English in the Middle Ages in the longer equivalent titmouse, though mice had nothing to do with it—the second element was originally mose, which also meant ‘tit’. It changed to mouse in the 16th century, probably because of the bird's small size and quick movements. In Old English a tit was a teat or nipple—it is from the same root as teat (Middle English). In modern English it is a term for a woman's breast, a use that arose in the USA in the early 20th century. Since the 1970s British tits and bums and American tits and ass have suggested crudely sexual images of women. As a name for a foolish person, used since the 19th century, tit may be the same word, or it may have evolved from twit.

Phrases

suck the hind tit

1
informal Receive less of something than others who are competing for it.

tits and ass

2
(also chiefly British tits and bums)
vulgar slang , chiefly North American Used in reference to the use of crudely sexual images of women.

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Syllabification: tit

noun

(in phrase tit for tat)
The infliction of an injury or insult in return for one that one has suffered: [as modifier]: the conflict staggered on with tit-for-tat assassinations
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  • After this it was tit for tat but in the few remaining minutes of injury time Ballinakill managed to score two points to give them a two point victory on a score of 3-12 to 3-10.
  • Reciprocity is not tit for tat, keeping score or revenge.
  • But we do use the passes a lot and this seems a bit tit for tat.
Synonyms
vengeance, retribution, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, payback
informal a taste of someone's own medicine
Latin lex talionis, quid pro quo

Origin

mid 16th century: variant of obsolete tip for tap.

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  • Few words in English have such snigger-inducing contrasts in meaning. In the name for small songbirds, tit is probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Icelandic titlingur ‘sparrow’. It first appeared in English in the Middle Ages in the longer equivalent titmouse, though mice had nothing to do with it—the second element was originally mose, which also meant ‘tit’. It changed to mouse in the 16th century, probably because of the bird's small size and quick movements. In Old English a tit was a teat or nipple—it is from the same root as teat (Middle English). In modern English it is a term for a woman's breast, a use that arose in the USA in the early 20th century. Since the 1970s British tits and bums and American tits and ass have suggested crudely sexual images of women. As a name for a foolish person, used since the 19th century, tit may be the same word, or it may have evolved from twit.

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