- The definition of lit is a slang term for drunk or intoxicated.
An example of lit is to tell a story about a friend who had too many drinks the night before and say “He was lit.”
- Lit is defined as a common abbreviation for literature.
An example of lit is taking a college course called English Lit.
- Lit means to have brightened something with light or flames.
- An example of lit is to have started a fire.
- An example of lit is to have turned on a lamp.
This lamp is lit.
- a. literalb. literally
(comparative litter or more lit, superlative littest or most lit)
- (obsolete) Little.
- (obsolete) Little.
From Middle English lit, lut, from Old English lȳt (“little, few”), from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz (“little, small”), from Proto-Indo-European *leud- (“to cower, hunch over”). Cognate with Old Saxon lut (“little”), Middle High German lützen (“to make small or low, decrease”). More at little.
(comparative more lit, superlative most lit)
From Middle English lit, from Old Norse litr (“colour, dye, complexion, face, countenance”), from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz, *wlitaz (“sight, face”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to see”). Cognate with Icelandic litur (“colour”), Old English wlite (“brightness, appearance, form, aspect, look, countenance, beauty, splendor, adornment”), Old English wlītan (“to gaze, look, observe”).
(third-person singular simple present lits, present participle litting, simple past and past participle litted)
- Abbreviated form of literature.
Short for literature.
Variant of light
- the form of electromagnetic radiation that acts upon the retina of the eye, optic nerve, etc., making sight possible: this energy is transmitted in a vacuum at a velocity of 299,792,458 meters per second (c. 186,000 miles per second)
- a form of radiant energy similar to this, but not acting on the normal retina, as ultraviolet and infrared radiation
- the rate of flow of light radiation with respect to the sense of sight: it is measured in lumens
- the sensation that light stimulates in the organs of sight
- brightness; illumination, often of a specified kind: the dim light of a candle
- a source of light, as the sun, a lamp, a light bulb, etc.
- traffic light
- the light from the sun; daylight or dawn
- a thing by means of which something can be started burning: a light for a cigar
- the means by which light is let in; window or windowpane
- mental illumination; knowledge or information; enlightenment: to shed light on the past
- spiritual inspiration
- public knowledge or view: to bring new facts to light
- the way in which something is seen; aspect: presented in a favorable light
- facial expression showing a mental or emotional state: a light of recognition in his eyes
- a person whose brilliant record makes him or her an example for others; outstanding figure: one of the shining lights of the school
- the quality suggesting light created in a painting, drawing, etc., esp. in certain areas
- such an area
Origin of lightMiddle English liht ; from Old English lēoht, akin to German licht ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leuk-, to shine, bright from source Classical Greek leukos, white, Classical Latin lux and amp; lumen, light, lucere, to shine, luna, moon, Welsh llug, gleam
- having light; not dark; bright
- pale in color; whitish; fair
Origin of lightME liht < OE leoht
transitive verblighted or lit, lighting
- to set on fire; ignite: to light a bonfire
- to cause to give off light: to light a lamp
- to give light to; furnish with light; illuminate: lamps light the streets
- to brighten; animate
- to show the way to by giving light: a beacon lights the ships to harbor
Origin of lightME lighten < OE lihtan
- to catch fire: the fuse lighted at once
- to be lighted; brighten: usually with up
according to one's lights
in the light of
- to make or become light
- to make or become bright, cheerful, etc.
- Informal to begin smoking (a cigar, etc.)
see the light (of day)
- to come into existence
- to come to public view
- ☆ to understand
stand in one's own light
strike a light