Definitions

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

  • v. A past tense and a past participle of light1. See Usage Note at light1.
  • adj. Informal. Drunk or drugged. Often used with up.
  • v. A past tense and a past participle of light2.
  • n. Informal Literature: enjoyed my course in French lit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Little.
  • n. Little.
  • n. Colour; blee; dye; stain.
  • v. To colour; dye.
  • n. Abbreviated form of literature.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of light.
  • v. To run, or light
  • adj. illuminated
  • adj. intoxicated or under the influence of drugs; stoned
  • adj. Sexually aroused (usually a female), especially visibly sexually aroused (e.g., labial swelling is present)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a form of the imp. & p. p. of light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Little.
  • n. Color; dye; stain.
  • To color; dye.
  • Preterit and past participle of light.
  • Preterit and past participle of light.
  • An abbreviation of literal and literally; also of literature.
  • n. An abbreviation of liter.

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

  • adj. set afire or burning
  • adj. provided with artificial light
  • n. the humanistic study of a body of literature

Etymologies

From Middle English lit, lut, from Old English lȳt ("little, few"), from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz (“little, small”), from Proto-Indo-European *leud- (“to cower, hunch over”). Cognate with Old Saxon lut ("little"), Middle High German lützen ("to make small or low, decrease"). More at little. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lit, from Old Norse litr ("colour, dye, complexion, face, countenance"), from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz, *wlitaz (“sight, face”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to see”). Cognate with Icelandic litur ("colour"), Old English wlite ("brightness, appearance, form, aspect, look, countenance, beauty, splendor, adornment"), Old English wlītan ("to gaze, look, observe"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English litten, liten, from Old Norse lita ("to colour"), from litr ("colour"). See above. (Wiktionary)
Short for literature. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lihte, from Old English līhtte, first and third person singular preterit of līhtan ("to light"). More at light. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This state of quiescence, this objectless, dreamless torpor, this transition _du lit a la table, de la table au lit_, -- what more dreary and monotonous existence can you devise?

    The Pilgrims of the Rhine

  • He sat staring at Harry from the darkness, his expression lit by the glow of the approaching fire and filled with suspicion.

    The Edge of Madness

  • And she tried to listen to the woman but could not concentrate because the name lit up her brain, one of those deep sheer flashes that take forty years to happen.

    Underworld

  • His expression lit with the fires of youthful enthusiasm.

    Amaryllis

  • I’ve always thought the phrase lit up with joy was stupid, but it’s like someone shoved a burning thousand-watt lightbulb down her throat.

    HIGH BEFORE HOMEROOM

  • Pitck from Pine and Fir can be lit from the sparhs of the rod.

    Firestarter

  • Food lit is the only non-fiction genre with its own shelf (everything else is just shelved under non-fiction).

    Author-friends, Meet WORD Bookstore

  • The road of YA lit is littered with car crashes, a signal event of just about every problem novel published in the 1970s.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • "Lit-lit is boss of this place," he announced significantly at the table the morning after the wedding.

    THE MARRIAGE TO LIT-LIT

  • The wasted terrain lit up, making a false fatal noon of the nighttime.

    FRANKLY • by Eric Del Carlo

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  • Little Rock National Airport.

    October 24, 2008

  • French bed.

    January 9, 2008

  • "'Homer must have been lit to pick up a hitchhiker that late,' she told Norris."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007