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[tid-bit] /ˈtɪdˌbɪt/
a delicate bit or morsel of food.
a choice or pleasing bit of anything, as news or gossip.
Also, especially British, titbit.
Origin of tidbit
1630-40; tide1 (in sense “feast day”) + bit2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Or didn't they provide you with this tidbit of vital statistic?

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • It reminds one of sea-birds skimming the water, and anon diving for a tidbit.

    The Cold Snap Edward Bellamy
  • Then Tom Jonah would jerk the tidbit into the air and catch it in his jaws as it came down.

  • Mac digested this tidbit as he pulled on a fresh pair of coveralls.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • He leaned over her tenderly; she fluttered her wings and opened her mouth, and he dropped into it the tidbit he had brought.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller
  • Gossip had heard and had seized upon this tidbit with relish.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for tidbit


the usual US spelling of titbit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tidbit

c.1640, probably from dialectal tid "fond, solicitous, tender" + bit (n.1) "morsel."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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