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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Just as Trump was able to supply gossip to Pecker, Trump might have been able to provide interesting tidbits on Russian oligarchs outside of Russia, particularly given their affinity for investing in Trump properties. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 But Penn keeps the pertinent details, including a tidbit about how Joe Roberts once tried being a farmer before the wheat market collapsed. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Bruce Springsteen’s Netflix special makes this a great weekend for The Indian Runner," 14 Dec. 2018 There is one shareable tidbit that’s not in the book, however. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "‘The Victorian and the Romantic’ Review: A Doctorate in Desire," 28 Aug. 2018 Each one is staffed by a professional storyteller who delivers, for free, a tidbit of Philadelphia or American history in five minutes flat. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Kids Will Love a Trip to Philly as Much as the Magic Kingdom," 30 July 2018 At a time when Michelle Obama is pioneering the childhood obesity initiative, attempting to make school a healthier experience, this little tidbit of evidence of the positive long-term effect of athletic participation on women is priceless. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "Do Sports Have a Long-Term Effect on a Woman's Life?," 17 Feb. 2010 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

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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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