[kit-ee] /ˈkɪt i/

a female given name, form of or .
noun (pl) -ties
a diminutive or affectionate name for a kitten, cat1
noun (pl) -ties
the pool of bets in certain gambling games
any shared fund of money, etc
(in bowls) the jack

“young cat,” 1719, variant of kitten, perhaps influenced by kitty “girl, young woman” (c.1500), originally a pet form of fem. proper name Catherine. Kitty Hawk, N.C., apparently is a mangling of a native Algonquian name; it also has been written as Chicahauk.

“pool of money in a card game,” 1887, probably from kit (n.1), in a sense of “collection of necessary supplies” (1833); but perhaps rather from northern England slang kitty “prison, jail, lock-up” (1825), of uncertain origin.


The pot or pool of money in a gambling game, made up of contributions from the players; a contributed fund: Each put $25,000 in the kitty (1891+ Gambling)

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bitch kitty, dust kitty, feed the kitty, it’s a bitch


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