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

  • n. A fund made up of a portion of each pot in a poker game.
  • n. A pool of money, especially one to which a number of people have contributed for a designated purpose.
  • n. See widow.
  • n. A cat, especially a kitten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kitten or young cat.
  • n. A pet name for a cat.
  • n. A money pool, as for a card game, or for shared expenses.
  • n. In a home game, a small, specified amount taken from each pot to pay the host's expenses.
  • n. Female genitals. (less vulgar)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kitten; also, a pet name or calling name for the cat.
  • n. The percentage taken out of a pool to pay for refreshments, or for the expenses of the table

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kitten; a child's pet name for a cat.
  • n. A kit or company.
  • n. A large wooden bowl or tankard.
  • n. Same as kittiwake. Also called sea-kittie.
  • n. A prison or jail: same as kidcote.
  • n. A pool into which each player in a card-game puts a certain amount of his winnings, to be used in meeting expenses, as for room-rent, refreshments, etc.

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

  • n. the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
  • n. informal terms referring to a domestic cat
  • n. young domestic cat
  • n. the combined stakes of the betters


Probably from kit1.
Shortening and alteration of kitten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A diminutive of kitten by adding -y. (Wiktionary)



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