: being on even terms by repayment or requital

Word History


Middle English, quit, probably from Medieval Latin quittus, alteration of Latin quietus at rest

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quits was in 1663

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“Quits.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quits. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: even or equal with another (as by repaying a debt, returning a favor, or paying back an enemy)

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