Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural The small intestines of pigs, especially when cooked and eaten as food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Cookery) The smaller intestines of swine, etc., fried for food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun small pig intestine, boiled and fried. Sometimes prepared with hog maws.

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

  • noun small intestines of hogs prepared as food

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English chiterling, probably diminutive of Old English *cieter, intestines.]

Examples

  • The entrails, cleaned and scalded into "chitterlings," were accounted a luscious delicacy in the kitchen.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • For the celebration of these rites her partner would array himself in morocco pumps with cunningly contrived buckles of silver, silk stockings, salmon-colored silk breeches tied with abundance of riband, exuberant frills, or "chitterlings," which puffed out at the neck and bosom not unlike the wattles of a he-turkey; and under his arms -- as the fowl roasted might have carried its gizzard -- our grandfather pressed the flattened simulacrum of a cocked hat.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8 Epigrams, On With the Dance, Negligible Tales

  • A tray full of hot seal entrails, a bowl of coagulated blood, and putrid fish are not very inviting or lickerish to ordinary mortals, yet they have their analogue in the dish of some farmers who eat a preparation of pig's bowels known as "chitterlings," and in the blood-puddings and Limburger cheese of the Germans.

    The First Landing on Wrangel Island With Some Remarks on the Northern Inhabitants

  • And from the First Lady, fry chitterlings a la maison blanche.

    First lady challenges Iron Chefs

  • But she said her biggest health change has been in her diet: She's given up her beloved chitterlings, pigs' feet and ham hocks in favor of a Whole Foods-type diet, and she hopes to get down to a size 16.

    Recovering Aretha Franklin Gives Up Pigs' Feet For Diet

  • Meanwhile, in Oxford, Miss., John Currence of City Grocery Restaurant Group, is cooking tripe like chitterlings, frying the whole piece and serving it with either a Creole-spiced romanesco or a Southern-spiced harissa.

    No Need to Gripe About Tripe

  • But she said her biggest health change has been in her diet: She's given up her beloved chitterlings, pigs' feet and ham hocks in favor of a Whole Foods-type diet, and she hopes to get down to a size 16.

    Recovering Aretha Franklin Gives Up Pigs' Feet For Diet

  • Franklin was noticeably slimmer during her recent Grammy satellite appearance and says that since undergoing surgery she's given up chitterlings, pigs' feet and ham hocks.

    Aretha Franklin: I'm Not Only Going to Maintain My Weight, But Better It

  • A prime American example would be chitterlings, the strings of pig intestine that ingenious slave cooks would turn into a "soul food" classic.

    Offal Good

  • They would read comic books, watch cartoons, go to movies, and just as Mays took white ballplayers in the army to black neighborhoods, he would take Chris to black restaurants and homes for chitterlings, black-eyed peas, and cornbread.

    WILLIE MAYS

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  • Also chitlings or chitlins.

    December 19, 2007

  • People actually eat this?

    February 23, 2008

  • Don't look at me. Wouldn't touch the stuff. Popular in the Southern United States, though. Right, skipvia?

    February 24, 2008

  • Whenever anyone was killing a

    pig, she would buy (they called her Pig Susie)

    chitterlings, brains, blood, for a shilling a

    bucketful. Married to the big, boozy

    owner of the Glebe farm...

    - Peter Reading, An Everyday Story of Countryfolk, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008

  • The twit.

    June 26, 2008

  • Barf.

    June 27, 2008

  • "In south these ancient giants were nothing more than Chitterlings from the waist down - I tell no lies - the serpent who tempted Eve was a Chitterling, yet it is written of him that he was wilier and subtler than other animals. So are Chitterlings. Furthermore some academics maintain that this tempter was the Chitterling named Ithyphallus, into whose shape good master Priapus was once transformed, a great tempter of women in paradise as they say in Greek, or what we call pleasure gardens in French . . . If what I am saying stretches your Lordship' credulity, then go, an it please you (after drinking that is) to Lusignan, Vouvant, Mervent and Pouzauges in Poitou, where you will find solid witnesses of ancient renown, who will swear to you on the armbone of St Rigomer, that Melusine, their foundress was a woman down to the cockbone, and the rest below that was a snaky Chitterling of a Chitterling snake . . . The Scythian nymph Ora likewise was partly woman and partly Chitterling in body. Nevertheless she seemed so beautiful to Jupiter that he lay with her and had a fine son off her named Colaxes." Rabelais, Pantagruel, quart livre, chapter 38.

    January 11, 2009

  • One of my favourite episodes from G&P. The image of the chitterling army in full charge is marvellous even by Rabelaisian standards.

    January 12, 2009