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[chit-linz, -lingz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz/
Also, chitlins
[chit-linz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz/ (Show IPA)


or chitlings, chitlins

[chit-linz, -lingz] /ˈtʃɪt lɪnz, -lɪŋz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
the small intestine of swine, especially when prepared as food.
Origin of chitterlings
1250-1300; Middle English cheterling; akin to German Kutteln in same sense Unabridged
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  • De hog killing mean we gits lots of spare-ribs and chitlings, and somebody always git sick eating too much of dat fresh pork.

British Dictionary definitions for chitlings


plural noun
(sometimes sing) the intestines of a pig or other animal prepared as a dish
Word Origin
C13: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle High German kutel
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Word Origin and History for chitlings



late 13c., cheterlingis "entrails, souse" (early 13c. in surnames), origins obscure, but probably from an unrecorded Old English word having something to do with entrails (related to Old English cwið "womb;" cf. German Kutteln "guts, bowels, tripe, chitterlings," Gothic qiþus "womb"). Variants chitlins (1842) and chitlings (1880) both also had a sense of "shreds, tatters."

"While I was in this way rollin' in clover, by picturin' what was to be, they wur tarin' my character all to chitlins up at home." [John S. Robb, "Streaks of Squatter Life," Philadelphia, 1843]

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