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Tit (bird)

The tits, chickadees, and titmice constitute the Paridae, a large family of small passerine birds which occur mainly in the Northern Hemisphere and Africa. Most were formerly classified in the genus Parus.

While commonly referred to as "tits" throughout much of the English-speaking world, these birds are called either "chickadees" ( onomatopoeic, derived from their distinctive "chick-a dee dee dee" alarm call) or "titmice" in North America. The name titmouse is recorded from the 14th century, composed of the Old English name for the bird, mase ( Proto-Germanic*maison, GermanMeise), and tit, denoting something small. The spelling (formerly titmose) was influenced by mouse in the 16th century. Emigrants to New Zealand presumably identified some of the superficially similar birds of the genus Petroica of the family Petroicidae, the Australian robins, as members of the tit family, giving them the title tomtit, although, in fact, they are not related.

These birds are mainly small, stocky, woodland species with short, stout bills. Some have crests. They range in length from 10 to 22 cm. They are adaptable birds, with a mixed diet including seeds and insects. Many species live around human habitation and come readily to bird feeders for nuts or seed, and learn to take other foods.

Wiktionary

tit

Etymology 1 n. 1 A mammary gland, teat. 2 (context slang vulgar chiefly in the plural English) A woman's breast. 3 (context British pejorative slang English) An idiot; a fool. Etymology 2

n. (context archaic English) A light blow or hit (''now usually in phrase'' tit for tat). Etymology 3

n. 1 A chickadee; a small passerine bird of the genus ''Parus'' or the family Paridae, common in the Northern Hemisphere. 2 Any of various other small passerine birds. 3 (context archaic English) A small horse; a nag. 4 (context archaic English) A young girl, later especially a minx, hussy. 5 A morsel; a bit.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

tit

Titmouse \Tit"mouse`\, n.; pl. Titmice. [OE. titemose, titmase; tit small, or a small bird + AS. m[=a]se a kind of small bird; akin to D. mees a titmouse, G. meise, OHG. meisa, Icel. meisingr. The English form has been influenced by the unrelated word mouse. Cf. Tit a small bird.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small insectivorous singing birds belonging to Parus and allied genera; -- called also tit, and tomtit.

Note: The blue titmouse ( Parus c[oe]ruleus), the marsh titmouse ( Parus palustris), the crested titmouse ( Parus cristatus), the great titmouse ( Parus major), and the long tailed titmouse ( [AE]githalos caudatus), are the best-known European species. See Chickadee.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

tit

"breast," Old English titt "teat, nipple, breast" (a variant of teat). But the modern slang tits (plural), attested from 1928, seems to be a recent reinvention, used without awareness of the original form, from teat or from dialectal and nursery diminutive variant titties (pl.).

tit

1540s, a word used for any small animal or object (as in compound forms such as titmouse, tomtit, etc.); also used of small horses. Similar words in related senses are found in Scandinavian (Icelandic tittr, Norwegian tita "a little bird"), but the connection and origin are obscure; perhaps, as OED suggests, the word is merely suggestive of something small. Used figuratively of persons after 1734, but earlier for "a girl or young woman" (1590s), often in deprecatory sense of "a hussy, minx."

WordNet

tit

  1. n. either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman [syn: breast, bosom, knocker, boob, titty]

  2. the small projection of a mammary gland [syn: nipple, mammilla, mamilla, pap, teat]

  3. small insectivorous birds [syn: titmouse]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

tit

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
tit for tat

Usage examples of "tit".

The woman she shot is dead, and Baily took two rounds in the right tit.

I had some little money set aside to buy an electric corn husker this autumn, but a soapy tit wank sounds like it would be better value.

By this light, I wonder that any man is so mad, to come to see these rascally tits play here -- They do act like so many wrens or pismires -- not the fifth part of a good face amongst them all.

The blackbirds were singing and my pet blue tits were already scurrying between feeding ground and nest, their beaks stuffed with caterpillars and their feathers growing raggy with the non-stop effort.

Brenda Souders walked in, all tits and ass and big hair, and George deserted Kate without a backward glance.

Randi mashed her throbbing tits down into his face, whimpering softly and trying to keep control of herself.

Her full tits jiggled, and she rubbed them, pinching her own nipples, keening and whimpering as her need to be fucked grew and grew.

Again and again, he slammed home until her hyper-sensitive tits drove her over the threshold of endurance into the twisting, writhing throes of ecstasy.

The stone was the statue of a woman, a Venus grosser than Mrs Blatter, her belly swelling with children, tits like mountains, cunt a valley that began at her navel and gaped to the world.

She seemed to come for entire minutes, wanting to push Brok away yet wanting to pull him closer and force his head down harder on her tits.

Hispanic gardening gang-one of those bulky types with short hair and a dried-up face devoid of makeup and a bunched-up sweatshirt to hide what, for some reason, was always a humongous set of tits.

He offers many examples of the functioning of the morphic resonance of behavior patterns within species and a clear example is of the well documented development of a habit among a bird species residing in England, the blue tits.

In the view of morphic resonance, this habit pattern resonated within the tit species and the pattern was then increasingly manifest by individual tits.

I did not need to worry about the forest for two days, for that was how long it took to come to the end of Longbow Mountain, through the pass between it and the Tits - two huge, rounded protruberances to the north - and stand at last at the top of that pass looking downward on the endless black fur of the forest.

You could pit a bit ay tit and erse in a paper read by schemies and it was oppressing women, but show the same in a French film and they lap it up and it becomes art.