Definitions

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

  • n. A titmouse.
  • n. Any of various small, similar or related birds.
  • adj. New England & Upstate New York Small; undersized.
  • n. Vulgar Slang A woman's breast.
  • n. A teat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mammary gland, teat.
  • n. A woman's breast.
  • n. An idiot; a fool.
  • n. A light blow or hit (now usually in phrase tit for tat).
  • n. A small passerine bird of the genus Parus or the family Paridae, common in the northern hemisphere.
  • n. Any of various other small passerine birds.
  • n. A small horse; a nag.
  • n. A young girl, later especially a minx, hussy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small horse.
  • n. A woman; -- used in contempt.
  • n. A morsel; a bit.
  • n.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to the families Paridæ and Leiotrichidæ; a titmouse.
  • n. The European meadow pipit; a titlark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pull tightly.
  • A Middle English variant of tite.
  • n. In mech., a round projection on a tool or other piece to serve as a guide. A tit is usually made on the end of a counterbore, so that the hole made by it shall be concentric with the hole which it is desired to enlarge.
  • n. An abbreviation of title; [capitalized] of Titus (a book of the New Testament).
  • n. A teat. See teat.
  • n. One of several small birds.
  • n. A small or poor horse.
  • n. A child; a girl; a young woman: a depreciatory term.
  • n. A bit; morsel.
  • n. In the phrase tit for tat (literally, in the original form tip for tap, ‘blow for blow’), a retaliatory return; an equivalent by way of repartee or answer: as, to give a person tit for tat in a dispute or a war of wit.
  • n. A pull.

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

  • n. either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
  • n. small insectivorous birds
  • n. the small projection of a mammary gland

Etymologies

Short for titmouse. Adj., Middle English tit-, as in titmose, titmouse; see titmouse.
Middle English, from Old English titt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English titt, of uncertain origin. Cognate with dialectal Dutch tet, German Zitze, Titte. Probably related to an original meaning 'to suck'. Compare Albanian thith ("to suck, breast,tit"). Compare teat. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps imitative of light tap. Compare earlier tip for tap ("blow for blow"), from tip, + tap; compare also dialectal tint for tant. (Wiktionary)

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  • Thanks, VO--I was probably anticipating a flurry of delightful wisecracks from other Wordies. I do like the phrase "spectacular pre-WeirdNetting," though. :-)

    Bilby, that hurts just thinking about it.

    November 30, 2007

  • Soft? Fleshy? What on earth are they used for?

    November 30, 2007

  • Or for tat?

    Edit: hang on; we didn't have WeirdNet nine months ago, since I arrived before it did and that wasn't so long ago; so it just looks as though reesetee was answering the definition. A spectacular pre-WeirdNetting.

    November 29, 2007

  • The bird, you pervert. ;-)

    February 13, 2007