Origin of gitultimately from get (noun)
verbChiefly New England, Midland US, & Southern US
nounChiefly British Slang
- 'Git' is usually used as an insult, more severe than twit but less severe than a true profanity like wanker or arsehole, and may often be used affectionately between friends. 'Get' can also be used, with a subtle change of meaning. 'You cheeky get!' is slightly less harsh than 'You cheeky git!'.
- 'Git' is frequently used in conjunction with another word to achieve a more specific meaning. For instance a "smarmy git" refers to a person of a slimy, ingratiating disposition; a "jammy git" would be a person with undeserved luck. The phrase "grumpy old git", denoting a cantankerous old man, is used with particular frequency.
- In parts of northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, 'get' is still used in preference to 'git'.
- The word has been ruled by the Speaker of the House of Commons to be unparliamentary language.
(third-person singular simple present gits, present participle gitting, simple past and past participle gitted)
- Alternative form of geat (channel in metal casting)
git - Computer Definition
A version control system for software originally created for Linux development by Linus Torvalds. Noted for its branching flexibility, which allows separate branches to be created for testing new ideas, Git is a distributed system that keeps a repository with complete version history in every directory. Git functions are activated by text commands such as git add and git commit. See GitHub and version control.