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tidbit, titbit

A tidbit is a choice morsel of some sort, whether of food, scandal, gossip, or news: "We enjoyed delicious tidbits during the social hour that followed." "She whispered to me a delicious tidbit about the new couple in town." Titbit is also a correct spelling, one more often used in Great Britain than in the United States.

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  • tidbit — titbit, tidbit Titbit is the usual spelling in BrE and tidbit in AmE. The first element is probably derived from an English dialect word tid meaning ‘tender, nice, special’ …   Modern English usage

  • titbit — titbit, tidbit Titbit is the usual spelling in BrE and tidbit in AmE. The first element is probably derived from an English dialect word tid meaning ‘tender, nice, special’ …   Modern English usage

  • titbit — See tidbit. See tidbit, titbit …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • tidbit — See tidbit, titbit …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • titbit — /ˈtɪtbɪt / (say titbit) noun 1. a delicate bit of food. 2. a choice or pleasing bit of anything. Also, US, tidbit. {variant of tidbit} …   Australian English dictionary

  • tidbit — /ˈtɪdbɪt/ (say tidbit) noun US → titbit. {British dialect tyd nice + bit2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • titbit — Tidbit Tid bit , n. [Tid + bit.] A delicate or tender piece of anything eatable; a delicious morsel. [Written also {titbit}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Titbit — Tit bit , n. Same as {Tidbit}. [Chiefly Brit.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • titbit — (N. Amer. tidbit) ► NOUN 1) a small piece of tasty food. 2) a small and particularly interesting item of gossip or information. ORIGIN from dialect tid «tender» (of unknown origin) + BIT(Cf. ↑bit) …   English terms dictionary

  • titbit — [tit′bit΄] n. var. ofchiefly Brit.Chiefly Brit. TIDBIT …   English World dictionary

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