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kitten

[kit-n] /ˈkɪt n/
noun
1.
a young cat.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
(of cats) to give birth; bear.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English kitoun, apparently blend of kiteling kitling and Middle French chitoun, variant of chaton kitten
Related forms
kittenlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kittenlike

kitten

/ˈkɪtən/
noun
1.
a young cat
2.
(Brit, informal) have kittens, have a canary, to react with disapproval, anxiety, etc: she had kittens when she got the bill US equivalent have a cow
verb
3.
(of cats) to give birth to (young)
Derived Forms
kitten-like, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Northern French caton, from cat1; probably influenced by Middle English kiteling
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Word Origin and History for kittenlike

kitten

n.

late 14c., probably from an Anglo-French variant of Old French chitoun (Old North French caton) "little cat," from chat "cat," from Late Latin cattus (see cat). Applied playfully to a young girl, a sweetheart, from 1870.

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Slang definitions & phrases for kittenlike

kitten

Related Terms

have kittens, sex kitten


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