tit


tit
tit1
/tit/, n.
1. a titmouse.
2. any of various other small birds.
3. Archaic. a girl or young woman; hussy.
4. Archaic. a small or poor horse; nag.
[1540-50; repr. ME tite- (in titemose TITMOUSE); c. Norw tite titmouse; akin to ON tittr tack, pin. See TIT2]
tit2
/tit/, n.
1. a teat.
2. Slang (vulgar). a breast.
[bef. 1100; ME titte, OE titt; c. MLG, MD titte, G Zitze, Norw titta; akin to TIT1]
tit3
/tit/, n.
[perh. var. of TIP4]

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Any of several woodland and garden songbird species in the genus Parus (family Paridae) having a rather stout, pointed bill.

The great tit (P. major), found in Europe, North Africa, and Asia nearly to Java, is about 6 in. (14 cm) long. It has a white face, a black head, and a black center line on its underparts, which are yellow or buffy. The best-known North American species of crested tit is the tufted titmouse (P. bicolor), a 7-in. (17-cm) bluish gray bird with pinkish brown flanks. See also chickadee.

Tufted titmouse (Parus bicolor).

Dan Sudia-The National Audubon Society Collection

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bird
also called  Titmouse,  plural  Titmice,  
      any of a number of small active birds of the songbird family Paridae (order Passeriformes). The name tit is used primarily in the Old World; in the New World a parid is called titmouse or chickadee. The term tit is also used in combinations for birds of other families that resemble parids in behaviour and appearance—e.g., tit-babbler, tit-tyrant, wrentit.

      Parid tits are woodland and garden birds. Perhaps the best-known species is the great tit (Parus major), found in Europe, northwestern Africa, and Asia nearly to Java. It is 14 cm (5.5 inches) long, and it has a white-faced black head and a black centre line on its underparts, which are yellow in Western races and whitish or buffy in the Orient.

      In North America “titmouse” applies only to four species that are crested. The best known of these is the tufted titmouse (P. bicolor), a 17-centimetre bluish gray bird with pinkish brown flanks. Another familiar North American parid is the black-capped chickadee (P. atricapillus; see chickadee).

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  • Tit — or Tits may refer to:* A common name or part of a name of numerous species of birds, including: **Tits, chickadees and titmice of the family Paridae **Long tailed tits, of the family Aegithalidae **Wrentit, of the family Sylviidae **Tit babblers …   Wikipedia

  • Tit — Tit, n. 1. A small horse. Tusser. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman; used in contempt. Burton. [1913 Webster] 3. A morsel; a bit. Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 4. [OE.; cf. Icel. titter a tit or small bird. The word probably meant originally, something small …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ţiţ — interj. Cuvânt care redă chiţăitul şoarecelui. ♢ expr. Nici ţiţ = nici un cuvânt, nici cârc, nici pis. – Onomatopee. Trimis de valeriu, 07.05.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  ŢIŢ interj. v. chiţ. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  ţiţ/ţiţ ţíţ… …   Dicționar Român

  • tit — tit1 [tit] n. [ TIT(MOUSE)] a titmouse or other small bird tit2 [tit] n. [ME titte < OE tit, TEAT] 1. NIPPLE (sense 1) 2. a breast: in this sense now vulgar tit3 …   English World dictionary

  • tit — Ⅰ. tit [1] ► NOUN ▪ a titmouse. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian. Ⅱ. tit [2] ► NOUN 1) vulgar slang a woman s breast. 2) Brit …   English terms dictionary

  • TIT — steht als Abkürzung für den Brief des Paulus an Titus ist ein anderer Name für Moulay Abdallah, ein Ort zehn Kilometer südlich von El Jadida in Marokko TIT steht als Abkürzung für Tokyo Institute of Technology, eine staatliche technische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tit — [ tıt ] noun count 1. ) IMPOLITE a woman s breast 2. ) INFORMAL a TEAT 3. ) a small bird that is common in Europe => TIT FOR TAT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • tit. — tit. tit. abbrtitle Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary


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