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chit1

[chit] /tʃɪt/
noun
1.
a signed note for money owed for food, drink, etc.
2.
any receipt, voucher, or similar document, especially of an informal nature.
3.
Chiefly British. a note; short memorandum.
Origin of chit1
1775-1785
1775-85; short for chitty < Hindi chiṭṭī

chit2

[chit] /tʃɪt/
noun
1.
a child or young person, especially a pert girl.
Origin
1350-1400; for sense of “the young of an animal”; 1615-25 for current sense; Middle English; perhaps akin to kitten or kid1

chit3

[chit] /tʃɪt/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
cit.

cit

or chit

[chit] /tʃɪt/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
pure consciousness.
Compare Sat-cit-ananda.
Origin
< Sanskrit
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Examples from the Web for chits
Historical Examples
  • Night-marching in sleet and wind is not for chits of seventeen.

  • I, myself, could show a handful of his chits for meals and drinks in my drawer.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • These invitations were sent informally upon little cards called "chits."

  • Lisle noticed that he often paid in chits, instead of money.

  • Probably not—but that does not console Lieut. —— for the loss of his chits.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • Do you think my lady has nought to do but attend to the whimsies of chits like you?

    Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
  • I need not say that, after this exposure, the chits that you have given to Captain Sanders become null and void.

  • Thirty-three, wondered how men could leave the society of sensible women to flirt with chits.

  • So she turns her part of the contract over to you two chits of gals; does she?

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm Amy Bell Marlowe
  • And as for the chits on the other side—whew, they blow right and left, as the feathers on their hats do.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for chits

chit1

/tʃɪt/
noun
1.
a voucher for a sum of money owed, esp for food or drink
2.
(mainly Brit) Also called chitty (ˈtʃɪtɪ)
  1. a note or memorandum
  2. a requisition or receipt
Word Origin
C18: from earlier chitty, from Hindi cittha note, from Sanskrit citra brightly-coloured

chit2

/tʃɪt/
noun
1.
(facetious or derogatory) a pert, impudent, or self-confident girl or child: a young chit of a thing
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: young of an animal, kitten): of obscure origin

CIT

abbreviation (in New Zealand)
1.
Central Institute of Technology
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Word Origin and History for chits

chit

n.

"note," 1776, short for chitty, from Mahrati (Hindi) chitthi "letter, note," from Sanskrit chitra-s "distinctively marked" (cf. cheetah).

"small child," 1620s, originally "young of a beast" (late 14c.); unrelated to chit (n.1); perhaps a playful deformation of kitten, but the "Middle English Dictionary" compares Old High German kizzin "kid."

cit

n.

colloquial shortening of citizen, 1640s; contrasted to a countryman or a gentleman, usually with some measure of opprobrium (Johnson defines it as "A pert low townsman; a pragmatical trader").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chits

chit 1

noun

An impudent and spirited young woman: a saucy chit

[1640s+; origin uncertain]

chit 2

noun

A bill for food or drink, which one signs or initials instead of paying immediately

[1920s+; In the sense ''note,'' chit is attested from the 1780s; shortening of Anglo-Indian chitty, ''letter, note,'' fr Hindi]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for chits

CIT

1.
California Institute of Technology
2.
Carnegie Institute of Technology
3.
circumstellar imaging telescope
4.
computer integrated telephony
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