legit

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

Definition of legit

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informal
: 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

legit

adverb

Definition of legit (Entry 2 of 2)

slang
: 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 The Sixers are legit now that Doc Rivers is calling the shots from the bench. BostonGlobe.com, "Larry Bird vs. Dr. J this is not; Celtics-76ers rivalry is now one-sided," 6 Apr. 2021 All of those awards are legit, but Peterson’s last two seasons have been — and there’s no other way to put it — a comparative disaster. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Minnesota Vikings' Patrick Peterson has 'a lot left in the tank' after Arizona Cardinals," 23 Mar. 2021 Check out the seller and confirm that the seller is legit. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "How to avoid online scams this holiday shopping season," 2 Dec. 2020 On the other hand, some people — like celebrity photographer Miles Diggs — had to make sure that the news is legit. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Is Going To Be a Coach on 'The Voice' Season 21," 30 Mar. 2021 All of those awards are legit, but Peterson’s last two seasons have been — and there’s no other way to put it — a comparative disaster. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Minnesota Vikings' Patrick Peterson has 'a lot left in the tank' after Arizona Cardinals," 23 Mar. 2021 All of those awards are legit, but Peterson’s last two seasons have been — and there’s no other way to put it — a comparative disaster. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Minnesota Vikings' Patrick Peterson deal among worst NFL free agent signings in 2021," 19 Mar. 2021 Despite all that, there are a few key signals a vaccine offer is not legit, Federal Trade Commission spokesperson Colleen Tressler says. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "Scam alert: Find a COVID vaccine, but avoid criminals," 16 Mar. 2021 Gadot and Jenkins became DC’s true heroines, helping the brand become a legit contender for the crown of best superhero movie maker that was once theirs alone. Washington Post, "Wonder Woman survives a pandemic and polarizing reactions to remain one of the top superhero franchises," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of legit

Adjective

1907, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1998, in the meaning defined above

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18 Apr 2021

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“Legit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legit. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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