Main definitions of chit in English

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chit1

noun

  • A short official note, typically recording a sum owed:

    ‘write out a chit for whatever you take from the drinks cupboard’
    • ‘A computer has been introduced, but I see the receptionist, Mary, mainly occupied in answering the phone, making appointments, giving out hand-filled chits for the next visit as patients leave.’
    • ‘The punch-holes tell the turnstile the exact expiry time on your transfer: if your chit is past due, you won't get through.’
    • ‘Children, who were given chits of paper, had to honk like buses or row like a boat to gather around their team members.’
    • ‘Then he ordered his clerk to write out a chit on a piece of blue coloured parchment, which he signed and handed to Setisia.’
    • ‘Many were censored by officials to blank out specific destinations but on some chits enough information was still visible to support speculation that the journeys were to and from McLetchie's legal firm.’
    • ‘I'll have to drop a chit and see if my command will let me go, but other people [on the team] have done it before.’
    • ‘Undeterred, Supaporn, accompanied by one of her employees, followed the man down the street and onto the beach, still insisting he pay up on the 10 bar chits.’
    • ‘Since it's pay day, afterwards you'll stop at the station to collect your chits.’
    • ‘Boone Country has only 19,000 registered voters, but when the software tallied up the chits, it claimed that 144,000 votes had been cast.’
    • ‘Carrying the burden of disease used to multiply with the multitude of small and large illegible chits and forms they had to carry with them every time they visited the hospital.’
    • ‘They must provide chits to parliamentary officials - and receipts for journeys outside Edinburgh - but it would seem the checks are somewhat lenient.’
    • ‘We pulled forward and gave the fellow our parking chit.’
    • ‘In a very short time he would bang down a metal plate with your food on it; and afterwards, a smaller plate with a paper chit, with the amount due written by hand.’
    • ‘Initial polls indicated the measure would be a close call, but the utilities spent $40 million, calling in their chits with labor, ethnic and other organizations around the state.’
    • ‘Everybody was grabbing for chits and the entire front of the line ended up pushed against the glass doorway.’
    • ‘And hence, I gave a chit, informing JRD about the presence of media persons in the hall, to Lal, which was to be handed over to JRD.’
    • ‘An occasional ‘Evenin’ all’ as you sign your Visa chit will help to convince doubtful cashiers of your authenticity.’
    • ‘Provide two coordinates - email and phone number - since any more and you'll look like you're handing out a sample chit sprayed with Eau de Pas De Vie on it.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘He'll pull out the Parker pen his late grandfather gifted him for his 15th birthday and scribble a reply on the back of the chit.’
    record, minute, note, contract, agreement
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Origin

Late 18th century: Anglo-Indian, from Hindi ciṭṭhī note, pass.

Pronunciation:

chit

/tʃɪt/

Main definitions of chit in English

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chit2

noun

British
derogatory
  • An impudent or arrogant young woman:

    ‘she is a mere chit of a girl’
    • ‘If a chit of a girl can do it, 16 fully grown men should at least try.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She was a kid… a chit fresh out of school room… And more than anything I wanted to be near her…’
    youngster, young one, little one, boy, girl
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a whelp, cub, or kitten): perhaps related to dialect chit ‘sprout’.

Pronunciation:

chit

/tʃɪt/

Main definitions of chit in English

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chit3

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Cause (a potato) to sprout by placing it in a cool light place.

    • ‘For best results you should chit your potatoes before planting - exposing them to light so they develop shoots.’
    • ‘The tubers should be ‘chitted’ before planting them in 12 in pots (one tuber per pot) in late January or early February.’
    • ‘The seed family that responds best to chitting is Fabacea - the pea and bean clan.’
    • ‘My main worry in a horticultural sense right now is how to chit my pink fir apple potatoes.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘We're chitting a 3kg bag of each of Red Duke of York, Robinta and Maris Peer.’
    • ‘Coming later this week on Horticultural: my scary to-do list, the art of chitting, how to make hanging baskets super-green, and a post that'll probably be entitled ‘what the hell grows in Kansas?’’
    • ‘In previous years they have been chitted in the house, but this year the redecoration of the front hall made me seek an alternative location.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from dialect chit ‘a shoot, sprout’.

Pronunciation:

chit

/tʃɪt/