2 [kwit]
any of various small tropical birds.

1845–50; orig. Jamaican English, of uncertain origin

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quit (kwɪt)
vb , chiefly (US) quits, quitting, quitted, quit
1.  (tr) to depart from; leave: he quitted the place hastily
2.  to resign; give up (a job): he quitted his job today
3.  (intr) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave them: they received notice to quit
4.  to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break off: quit laughing
5.  (tr) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
6.  archaic (tr) to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself): he quits himself with great dignity
adj (foll by of)
7.  free (from); released (from): he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
[C13: from Old French quitter, from Latin quiētusquiet; see quietus]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "free, clear," from O.Fr. quite "free, clear," from L. quietus "free" (in M.L. "free from war, debts, etc."), also "calm, resting" (see quiet). The verb is first attested c.1300, "to set free, redeem" (usually of a debt or suspicion); sense of "leave" is attested
from late 14c.; that of "to leave (a place)" is from c.1600; that of "stop" (doing something) is from 1640s. Meaning "to give up" is from mid-15c.; quitting time is from 1835; quitter as an insult is 1881, American English. Quits "even" (with another) is from 1660s.
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