le·​git | \ li-ˈjit How to pronounce legit (audio) \

Definition of legit

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: legitimate: such as
a : accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements a legit business Nolan, a retired thief, is 50-ish and legit now, owner of a successful shopping-mall restaurant …Publishers Weekly Set in Las Vegas in the '70s and '80s, "Casino" shows a mob man … trying to go legit while running a casino, but being dragged back into bloody conflict by a ruthless colleague …— Bruce Westbrook
b : being exactly as intended or presented : not spurious or false The offer is legit. "So, I double-checked the e-mail address, which looked legit, and I called the guy, and he seemed legit."— Robert Kuttner also : being an actual example of something specified Phone addiction is a legit threat on the roads … — Cam Fuller But Betty … even goes out of her way to hurt Veronica by trying to strike up a new friendship with Cheryl Blossom. Cheryl is a legit psycho though and a total creep, so that doesn't last long. — Benjamin Bailey
c : genuinely good, impressive, or capable of success They have a legit shot at winning the championship. "She had this bad habit of making all her shots," said Washington coach Phil Chase. "Let's face it. She's legit."USA Today For all the crap Killington takes, it's still one huge place with plenty of legit terrain and good skiers.Skiing
d : conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards He has a legit claim to a rematch. also : fair or reasonable : valid a legit question/concern There's an upside to your discomfort: It's a legit excuse to get a weekly massage. — Richard Lalibert



Definition of legit (Entry 2 of 2)

: really, actually used for emphasis "… I got a lot going on, and I don't remember things very well, and I forgot. I legit forgot."— Kristen Bell "I legit tracked down the neighborhood ice cream truck guy and hit him up until he agreed to show on my block the day of the shoot. … "— Miss Eaves "Now, I didn't want to be one of the people disappointed in the finale. But I legit don't know what's happening. It's like they just gave up on a storyline."— DeRay Mckesson "I think we legit overpowered our monitors," country singer Brett Kissel proclaimed late in the evening at the Palomino Smokehouse in downtown Calgary.— David Friend

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Synonyms & Antonyms for legit

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of legit in a Sentence

Adjective What she's doing is perfectly legit. All I want is a legit chance to succeed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Because rockers now had to sound miserable and dress like lumberjacks to be legit. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "20 grunge-era songs to know by ’80s rock/metal acts," 5 Mar. 2020 In addition to an elaborate Valentine’s Day brunch (featuring Stormi’s favorite Trolls), Kylie’s house was legit covered in flowers. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Valentine's Day 2020 Instagrams," 15 Feb. 2020 All legit questions that Kraft and his franchise have to deal with over the next few months. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "With NFL labor strife possible, will Patriots owner Robert Kraft have to save football again?," 21 Feb. 2020 Like, legit… where the hell is all that diversity in the production though homie? Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Gabrielle Union Claps Back At Terry Crews 'Today' Comments," 25 Jan. 2020 The numbers may be an abstraction, but the goods—gemstones, fancy watches (whether hot or legit), and cash—are physical, as are the threats by which they’re extracted from debtor to creditor. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Mesmerizing Chaos of “Uncut Gems”," 13 Dec. 2019 Is this legit or another way to nickel-and-dime me? Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Motormouth: The proper way to jump a car, revisited," 25 Oct. 2019 None of which changes the fact that the Reds head to Goodyear as a legit member of a 4-team horse race. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Who is this Bob Castellini and what have you done with the real one?," 28 Jan. 2020 Even before any legal battles, Dos Santos has always protested her legit business credibility. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "Why Angola had to freeze the personal assets of Africa’s richest woman," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of legit


1907, in the meaning defined above


1998, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legit was in 1907

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18 Mar 2020

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“Legit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legit. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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