Main definitions of tit in English

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tit1

Pronunciation /tit/ /tɪt/

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noun

  • 1A titmouse.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Lovebirds, barbets, tits and finches warm themselves in the cozy chambers built by the weavers.’
    • ‘No wonder the tits and finches were so noisy and active.’
    1. 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 titling and titmouse. Earlier senses were ‘small horse’ and ‘girl’; the current sense dates from the early 18th century.

Main definitions of tit in English

: tit1tit2

tit2

Pronunciation /tit/ /tɪt/

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noun

vulgar slang
  • A woman's breast or nipple.

    mammary gland, mamma

Phrases

    tits and ass
    North American vulgar slang
    • Used in reference to the use of crudely sexual images of women.

    suck the hind tit
    informal
    • Receive less of something than others who are competing for it.

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.