Tits

tit

1 [tit]
noun
1.
a titmouse.
2.
any of various other small birds.
3.
Archaic. a girl or young woman; hussy.
4.
Archaic. a small or poor horse; nag.

Origin:
1540–50; representing Middle English tite- (in titemose titmouse); cognate with Norwegian tite titmouse; akin to Old Norse tittr tack, pin. See tit2

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tit

2 [tit]
noun
1.
a teat.
2.
Slang: Vulgar. a breast.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English titte, Old English titt; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch titte, German Zitze, Norwegian titta; akin to tit1

tit

3 [tit]
noun

Origin:
perhaps variant of tip4

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tit1 (tɪt)
 
n
1.  any of numerous small active Old World songbirds of the family Paridae (titmice), esp those of the genus Parus (bluetit, great tit, etc). They have a short bill and feed on insects and seeds
2.  any of various similar small birds
3.  archaic, dialect or a worthless or worn-out horse; nag
 
[C16: perhaps of imitative origin, applied to small animate or inanimate objects; compare Icelandic tittr pin]

tit2 (tɪt)
 
n
1.  slang a female breast
2.  a teat or nipple
3.  derogatory a girl or young woman
4.  slang a despicable or unpleasant person: often used as a term of address
 
[Old English titt; related to Middle Low German title, Norwegian titta]

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tit
"breast," O.E. titt (a variant of teat). But the modern slang tits (pl.), attested from 1928, seems to be a recent reinvention from teat, used without awareness that it is a throwback to the original form. Titty, however, is on record from 1746 as "a dial. and nursery dim. of teat."

tit
1548, "any small animal or object" (as in compound forms such as titmouse, tomtit, etc.); also used of small horses. Similar words in related senses are found in Scand. (cf. Icel. tittr, Norw. tita "a little bird"), but the connection and origin are obscure; perhaps, as OED suggests, the word is merely
suggestive of something small. Used figuratively of persons after 1734, but earlier for "a girl or young woman," usually in deprecatory sense of "a hussy, minx" (1599). Tit for tat (1556) is possibly an alteration of tip for tap "blow for blow," from tip (v.3) "tap" + tap "touch lightly."
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tits definition


  1. n.
    breasts, usually a woman's. (Very old colloquial. Usually objectionable.) : She's nothing but tits and teeth! Not a brain in her head!
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