Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of get.
  • noun Same as geat.

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

  • noun (Founding) See Geat.

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

  • noun Alternative form of geat (channel in metal casting)
  • noun UK, slang, pejorative A contemptible person.
  • noun UK, slang, pejorative A silly, incompetent, stupid, annoying, or childish person.
  • verb Appalachian, southern US To get.
  • verb Appalachian, southern US To leave.

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

  • noun a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

Etymologies

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From Middle English get ("offspring", especially "illegitimate offspring"). A southern variant of Scots get ("illegitimate child, brat"), related to beget. (from Online Etymology Dictionary)

Examples

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  • I like the alt. definition of this:

    Noun 1. git - a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible; "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"

    February 20, 2007

  • AZ, I have a sister who uses this word, and she lives in central PA. Didn't realize it was a British term!

    February 20, 2007

  • reesetee, I have a sister who uses this word too--and she got it from me, from when I lived in Australia! That git...

    February 21, 2007

  • Wow! What an amazing coincidence!

    February 21, 2007

  • It's more fun if you say "great" in front of it, and roll the R as long as possible. Then when you finally say "git" it's a tremendous release. Like a sneeze.

    February 21, 2007

  • Nah. Won't work for me. I never could roll my Rs. However, I *can* curl my tongue, for what it's worth.

    February 21, 2007

  • I am SO HAPPY to see that this word is on the Most Wordied list this week.

    February 22, 2007

  • Also, see skedaddle.

    December 11, 2007

  • Particularly effective in the phrase "pompous old git". Today's wordie link on twitter brought it to mind immediately! Par 5 just takes the cake. Give me the playful "superficiality" of wordies any day.

    September 8, 2008

  • Also the name of a well-regarded distributed source code management tool.

    September 8, 2008