from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • conj. and
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of eat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal variant of at.
  • A suffix of French or other Romance origin, properly diminutive in force, as in billet, billet, bullet, fillet, hatchet, islet, jacket, locket, mallet, pallet, pullet, ticket, etc.
  • A suffix of Latin origin, another form of -ate, -ad, as in ballet, sallet, sonnet, etc. Compare the doublets ballad, salad, sonata.


From French et, in turn from Latin et (Wiktionary)



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  • See ampersand.

    April 29, 2011

  • Intriguing Flickr feed.

    April 29, 2011

  • wiktionary should read: (colloquial) simple past tense and past participle of eat.

    January 22, 2011

  • I associate it so strongly with Victorian and fin de siecle primness, but it sounds really rustic for all that.

    June 1, 2009

  • Mine too.

    June 1, 2009

  • My grandfather said this.

    June 1, 2009

  • "'You've et a great big worm!' shrieked Gerald"

    -Anne of Windy Poplars

    June 1, 2009