Definition of titbit in English:


(North American tidbit)


  • 1A small piece of tasty food.

    ‘when you are out with your puppy always have a titbit in your pocket’
    • ‘Environmental health officers hope the cotes will keep pigeons off the streets and discourage them from feeding on waste food and titbits offered by tourists.’
    • ‘The famous Erdinger Weibbier beer was the star of the show and lots of great food was on offer including special German sausages and other tidbits that are traditional fare for Oktoberfest.’
    • ‘The fruit is to be canned in chunks, slices, titbits and juice.’
    • ‘Toy breeds tend to lose their teeth at an early age (sometimes as early as three years) but the avoidance of commercial treats and titbits will preserve them for as long as is possible.’
    • ‘We have a ten-inch-wide deck railing in back of our house that is perfect for setting out tidbits of food for the birds.’
    • ‘Nibbling on endless mazzas, I looked around me as we gorged on these tidbits of food.’
    • ‘But no titbits of food - well, maybe just a couple of slithers of sliced chicken.’
    • ‘The star-nosed mole, operating in the Stygian darkness of its burrow, can detect the presence of a tasty tidbit, such as an insect larva or tiny worm, determine that it is edible and gulp it down in half that time.’
    • ‘Into the menu proper and next up are tidbits and finger food, all coming with Aloha's special table sauces.’
    • ‘I was tempted by one of the specials, braised pigeon, but the thought of all those plump pigeons in York's Parliament Street guzzling titbits of junk food from tourists put me off.’
    • ‘If the dog shows no aggression, reward it with a food tidbit or verbal praise.’
    • ‘Conversing and enjoying tidbits of food is the core of the Spanish character.’
    • ‘The menu reflects the current fad for small plates, but it does so in unusual and uncategorizable ways: Not strictly tapas or antipasti, these tidbits derive inspiration from around the globe.’
    • ‘The public was very good to us, they brought us in food and titbits and so on.’
    • ‘The beauty of dim sum is that lunch will involve no ordering, no waiting, just hot, tasty tidbits and a bottomless pot of restorative hot tea.’
    • ‘There are chocolates galore and delicious savoury titbits and the packaging alone looks good enough to eat.’
    • ‘He loved our little nieces and would gently take food tidbits from their fingers when they tried to feed him.’
    • ‘He gave me an amuse-gueule, a mini gazpacho, while I was in the kitchen, and a little orange jelly which was delicious, but those were Hunca Munca titbits, not serious nourishment.’
    • ‘And, even though I am travelling tomorrow, I am now hot and sweaty after climbing up into the roof and putting the tasty tidbits up there to feed him.’
    • ‘For some reason they put me in mind of ravenous guests back at the resort, cruising the stacked buffet counters for the tastiest titbits at lunchtime.’
    delicacy, tasty morsel, dainty, fancy, confection, bonne bouche, luxury, treat
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    1. 1.1 A small and particularly interesting item of gossip or information.
      ‘they were hoping for titbits about the family’
      • ‘But there has been some interesting information, some tidbits to really take away from this.’
      • ‘However, both pieces had interesting tidbits that seem to be more interesting to me than to the writers of the pieces.’
      • ‘Moreover, never has any politician faced such a competitive media, hungry for big scoops and tasty tidbits.’
      • ‘To such an individual, everything is important - the little tidbits of information, news, gossip, and useless facts all are.’
      • ‘Witnesses have come forward and given certain tidbits that we piece together.’
      • ‘There's only been two hours to pull out some tasty little tidbits, so bear with me as I produce daily reports.’
      • ‘He once built a Contentville piece around a tidbit he found in a newsletter about Japanese baseball cards.’
      • ‘This new magazine promises to be filled with interesting information, timely tidbits, and relevant research updates.’
      • ‘After all, in her 1993 autobiography she disclosed one or two juicier titbits contained in the files, which she was allowed to see soon after the Wall came down.’
      • ‘He gives some very good insight into the production of the film and mixes little tidbits of interesting information throughout.’
      • ‘Another tidbit: Fast food and obesity are not recent problems.’
      • ‘Now, add all those specialised magazines, and you have a virtual feast of news, gossip, tidbits, and more.’
      • ‘The commentaries do more than provide interesting tidbits of academic celebrity gossip.’
      • ‘The actors are also impressive; Cruise looks like a CEO and displays a cold, corporate attitude, dishing out philosophical tidbits to justify his actions.’
      • ‘There are lots of tidbits and sound bites from the convention.’
      • ‘I have agents in all sorts of places who feed me all kinds of interesting little tidbits of information.’
      • ‘Such football titbits always float to the surface on third-round day which remains the best, most hectic, interesting and fun day of the season - and this one was even more frenetic than usual.’
      • ‘I tend to remember things better if I have a little titbit of interesting information to go with it.’
      • ‘Our Charlie proved the most sought-after subject on the web after scurrilous allegations prompted a fact-starved UK public to scour the Net for tasty titbits.’
      • ‘The first part is an interesting tidbit, and the second part, while not really surprising, also adds a piece to the puzzle.’
      piece of gossip, bit of scandal, juicy bit of gossip, juicy bit of news, scrap of information, morsel of information, item of information
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Mid 17th century (as tyd bit, tid-bit): from dialect tid ‘tender’ (of unknown origin) + bit.