- A short official note, typically recording a sum owed: write out a chit for whatever you take from the drinks cupboardMore example sentences
- He said: ‘In theory all taxi travel was to be referred up to senior civil servants and had to be signed for on official chits.’
- They must provide chits to parliamentary officials - and receipts for journeys outside Edinburgh - but it would seem the checks are somewhat lenient.
- An occasional ‘Evenin’ all’ as you sign your Visa chit will help to convince doubtful cashiers of your authenticity.
late 18th century: Anglo-Indian, from Hindi ciṭṭhī 'note, pass'.
nounBritish • derogatory
- An impudent or arrogant young woman: she is a mere chit of a girlMore example sentences
- A mere chit of a girl, the daughter of her maid servant, who was wearing her daughters’ hand me downs had the audacity to talk back?
- His only family is an unmarried chit of a girl who is blessed with not much more than an acid tongue and a pretty face…
- If a chit of a girl can do it, 16 fully grown men should at least try.
late Middle English (denoting a whelp, cub, or kitten): perhaps related to dialect chit 'sprout'.
verb (chits, chitting, chitted)[with object] British
- Cause (a potato) to sprout by placing it in a cool light place.More example sentences
- I moved to Canada a few years ago and I was surprised when I mentioned chitting to people, they had never heard of the practice, even chitting potatoes.
- Seed potatoes can be ‘chitted ‘to hasten the development of the crop.’
- The tubers should be ‘chitted’ before planting them in 12 in pots (one tuber per pot) in late January or early February.
early 17th century: from dialect chit 'a shoot, sprout'.