kitten

EnglishEdit

A kitten

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English kiton, kitoun, kyton (kitten), diminutive of cat (cat). First element probably from Middle English kiteling (kitten, kit), from Old Norse ketlingr (kitten), or possibly from Anglo-Norman *kiton, Old French chiton, diminutive of cat, chat (cat), from Late Latin cattus. Compare Low German kitten (kitten). More at kitling, cat, -en.

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

kitten (plural kittens)

  1. A young cat. Diminutive: kitty.
    • 2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, Guardian:
      Jailing her on Wednesday, magistrate Liz Clyne told Robins: "You have shown little remorse either for the death of the kitten or the trauma to your former friend Sarah Knutton." She was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.
  2. A young rabbit, rat, hedgehog, squirrel, fox, beaver or badger.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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VerbEdit

kitten (third-person singular simple present kittens, present participle kittening, simple past and past participle kittened)

  1. To give birth to kittens.

DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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NounEdit

kitten m (plural kittens, diminutive kittentje n)

  1. a young cat; kitten
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From kit (sealant).

VerbEdit

kitten (past singular kitte, past participle gekit)

  1. to apply sealant to
ConjugationEdit
Derived termsEdit
  • afkitten
  • dichtkitten

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

kitten

  1. Plural form of kit
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