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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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Examples from the web for tidbit
  • The strange thing was that delicious users were exactly the people who would jump on any tidbit and flash it around instantly.
  • Not sure why you find that tidbit laughable but go ahead if you wish.
  • If he tells a tidbit to everyone, it will certainly be reported, but he will not have learned anything.
  • Funny how the website actually spins this little tidbit as something that gives it credence.
  • We also discovered that other little informational tidbit about coal ash: there are no federal regulations on storing the stuff.
  • It appears that the presence or absence of that tidbit of additional information doesn't change the odds.
  • The true journalist loves nothing better than walking into a room with some hot tidbit and watching the jaws drop.
  • Some of it is all too familiar, though there is an occasional new tidbit, piquant if not always credible.
  • Underneath it is an even rarer and subtler tidbit made of the ovaries of live sea slugs.
  • There is always something new to learn about teaching, and one never knows where the next tidbit will come from.
British Dictionary definitions for tidbit


the usual US spelling of titbit


a tasty small piece of food; dainty
a pleasing scrap of anything, such as scandal
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from dialect tid tender, of obscure origin
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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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