Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A statement of an amount owed for food and drink; a check.
  • n. A short letter; a note.
  • n. A Brownie point: earned vital chits with his party by making fundraising speeches.
  • n. A child.
  • n. A saucy girl or young woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A child or babe; a young, small, or insignificant person or animal.
  • n. A pert young woman.
  • n. A sassy (saucy) or forward young person.
  • n. The embryonic growing bud of a plant; a shoot; a sprout; a seedling.
  • n. An excrescence on the body, as a wart.
  • v. To sprout; to shoot, as a seed or plant.
  • v. To damage the outer layers of a seed such as Lupinus or Sophora to assist germination.
  • v. To initiate sprouting of tubers, such as potatoes, by placing them in special environment, before planting into the soil.
  • n. A small sheet or scrap of paper with a hand-written note as a reminder or personal message.
  • n. A small sheet of paper on which is written a prescription to be filled; a scrip.
  • n. A signed voucher or memorandum of a small debt, as for food and drinks at a club.
  • n. A debt or favor owed in return for a prior loan or favor granted, especially a political favor.
  • n. A small tool used in cleaving laths. Compare: froe.
  • n. Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.
  • interj. Alternative to using the vulgarity, shit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The embryo or the growing bud of a plant; a shoot; a sprout.
  • n. A child or babe; ; also, a young, small, or insignificant person or animal.
  • n. An excrescence on the body, as a wart.
  • n. A small tool used in cleaving laths.
  • n. A short letter or note; a written message or memorandum; a certificate given to a servant; a pass, or the like.
  • n. A signed voucher or memorandum of a small debt, as for food and drinks at a club.
  • intransitive v. To shoot out; to sprout.
  • Chideth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The germ or embryo of a seed. See cut under wheat.
  • n. A pimple; a wart.
  • To sprout; shoot, as a seed or plant.
  • n. 1. A young animal; a whelp.
  • n. Specifically— A young cat; a kitten.
  • n. A child or babe; a pert young person, especially a girl.
  • n. A kind of bird.
  • n. An instrument for cleaving laths.
  • A Middle English contraction of chideth Chaucer.
  • n. In the East Indies, China, Japan, etc., a note or letter; a short writing of any kind, as a letter of recommendation, a note of indebtedness, an order, a pass, etc. The form chitty is not in use in China and Japan.
  • n. plural Small rice.
  • n. Also used attributively. See chitty-faced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
  • n. the bill in a restaurant

Etymologies

Obsolete chitty, from Hindi ciṭṭhī, note, letter, from Sanskrit *citrikā, *citritā, note.
Middle English, young animal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly from Middle English chitte 'kitten, cub'. (Wiktionary)
From chitty from Hindi chitthi "letter", "note" from Sanskrit; from Hindi 'chit' – a small piece of paper or a note. (Wiktionary)
Euphemistic variation of shit (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A mere chit of a girl.

    December 24, 2008