tid·​bit | \ˈtid-ˌbit \
variants: or less commonly \ˈtit-​ˌbit \

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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But Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge shared a sweet little tidbit about how her youngest child is doing during an official appearance with Prince William in Leceister on Wednesday. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Just Gave an Adorable Update on Prince Louis," 29 Nov. 2018 Speaking to researchers at the event, Kate even revealed a previously unknown tidbit about her college days. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Reveals That She Studied Psychology in College Before Settling on Her Art History Major," 25 Nov. 2018 The company also shared this interesting tidbit about the comparative efficiency of the Model 3's battery pack: By 2016, Model X energy efficiency was 3.1 miles of EPA range per kWh. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Finally in the black: Tesla has a good quarter," 25 Oct. 2018 Bobby Nightengale/The Enquirer Welcome to another edition of the weekly Reds Beat Blog: a new home for updates on the Reds’ top minor league prospects, some tidbits about the big topics across MLB and another place for more opinions on the Reds. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Beat Blog: Will the Reds be sellers or stand pat at the trade deadline?," 9 July 2018 Reddit is full of skin-care advice (some tidbits more reputable than others) but a recent post in the SkincareAddiction subreddit caught our eye. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Can Dryer Sheets Cause Acne and Irritation? Dermatologists Weigh In," 21 Sep. 2018 This tantalizing tidbit requires a bit of background. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Graphene," 13 Aug. 2018 The Leiweke brothers, Tim and Tod, dropped an eye-opening tidbit last week that 40 percent of season-ticket deposits for Seattle’s future National Hockey League team came from people living within four miles of KeyArena. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "It’s time to set aside NBA and concentrate on Seattle NHL fans who have paid deposits," 5 Aug. 2018 However, a new report from Rebecca English, the Daily Mail's royal correspondent, offers sweet new tidbits on their dynamic. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Do the Cutest Things at Work with Grandma Carole Middleton," 24 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of tidbit

: a small piece of food

: a small piece of news or interesting information


tid·​bit | \ˈtid-ˌbit \

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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