tid·​bit | \ ˈtid-ˌbit How to pronounce tidbit (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈtit-​ˌbit How to pronounce titbit (audio) \

Definition of tidbit

1 : a choice morsel of food
2 : a choice or pleasing bit (as of information)

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Synonyms for tidbit


bit, cate [archaic], dainty, delectable, delicacy, goody (or goodie), kickshaw, treat, viand

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Examples of tidbit in a Sentence

I just heard a juicy tidbit about your brother. gave her an expensive box of chocolate tidbits

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There was one other surprising tidbit, though: Drinking coffee or tea in the day actually improves your quality of sleep. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Research Says This is Actually the Worst Month For Your Sleep Cycle," 28 Feb. 2019 Here are some other tidbits from the AP Top 25 this week: FALLING IRISH: Notre Dame fell out of the first five for the first time in 31 weeks. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "South Dakota ranked for first time in school history," 11 Feb. 2019 Even Vogue’s own Jessie Nichols offers up some tidbits. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "8 Tips from Calligraphists to Improve Your Penmanship Before Thank-You Card Time," 25 Dec. 2018 The series avoids berating audiences with textbook animal facts and tidbits — think of it more like Planet Earth meets Game of Thrones with a hint of Shakespeare. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "BBC Earth's "Dynasties" Pulls at Heartstrings With the Painted Wolves’ Fight for Survival," 12 Dec. 2018 The noise will only increase, but voters will still have to weigh each new tidbit. WSJ, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019 During a visit to the Lavender Primary School this week, Kate revealed the little tidbit to guests. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Is Teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte How to Cook," 10 Feb. 2019 During the process, Marie shared a tidbit that will definitely please her fans who are avid readers. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Marie Kondo Squashed a Misconception About the KonMari Method for Jimmy Kimmel," 30 Jan. 2019 Here are a few other tidbits from the preseason Top 25 rankings: WE’RE GOING STREAKING: UConn kept its run of being ranked going, appearing in the Top 25 for the 470th consecutive week. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Notre Dame No. 1 in women’s college basketball poll," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tidbit

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tidbit

perhaps from tit- (as in titmouse) + bit

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The first known use of tidbit was circa 1640

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English Language Learners Definition of tidbit

: a small piece of food
: a small piece of news or interesting information


tid·​bit | \ ˈtid-ˌbit How to pronounce tidbit (audio) \

Kids Definition of tidbit

1 : a small tasty piece of food
2 : a small interesting but unimportant bit (as of news)

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