kitten

[kit-n]
noun
1.
a young cat.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
(of cats) to give birth; bear.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English kitoun, apparently blend of kiteling kitling and Middle French chitoun, variant of chaton kitten

kittenlike, adjective
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kitten (ˈkɪtən)
 
n
1.  a young cat
2.  informal (Brit) have kittens, have a canary US equivalent: have a cow to react with disapproval, anxiety, etc: she had kittens when she got the bill
 
vb
3.  (of cats) to give birth to (young)
 
[C14: from Old Northern French caton, from cat1; probably influenced by Middle English kiteling]
 
'kitten-like
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

kitten
late 14c., probably from an Anglo-Fr. variant of O.Fr. chitoun (O.N.Fr. caton) "little cat," from chat "cat," from L.L. cattus (see cat). Applied playfully to a young girl, a sweetheart, from 1870.
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Idioms & Phrases

kitten

see have a fit (kittens); weak as a kitten.

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Example sentences
But she is perfectly natural, and while perfectly amoral, no more immoral than a bird or a kitten-Times.
Everybody loves a puppy or kitten, well almost everybody.
Kitten food, with its even higher protein and fat levels, is even less
  appropriate for dogs.
He gave the names of all her animals-the bunny, the kitten, the puppy.
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