Origin of kittenMiddle English kitoun ; from Old French chitoun, variant, variety of chaton, diminutive of chat, cat
- A young cat.
- One of the young of various other small felines and of certain other mammals, such as beavers.
intransitive verbkit·tened, kit·ten·ing, kit·tens
Origin of kittenMiddle English kitoun, probably from Old North French *caton, diminutive of cat, cat, from Late Latin cattus.
(third-person singular simple present kittens, present participle kittening, simple past and past participle kittened)
- To give birth to kittens.
From Middle English kiton, kitoun, kyton (“kitten”), diminutive of cat (“cat”). First element probably from Middle English kiteling (“kitten, kit”), from Old Norse ketlingr (“kitten”), or possibly from Anglo-Norman *kiton, Old French chiton, diminutive of cat, chat (“cat”), from Late Latin cattus. Compare Low German kitten (“kitten”). More at kitling, cat, -en.