transitive verb, slit′ting
- to cut or split open, esp. by a straight incision
- to cut into strips
- to cut (off); sever
Origin of slitMiddle English slitten from Old English an unverified form slittan, akin to Middle High German slitzen from West Germanic an unverified form slitjan from base of Germanic an unverified form slitan (from source Old English slitan) from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel-, to cut from source shield, shell
- a cut or tear, esp. one that is long and straight
- a long, narrow opening or crack
transitive verbslit, slit·ting, slits
- To make a slit or slits in.
- To cut lengthwise into strips; split.
Origin of slitMiddle English slitte from slitten to split from Old English slītan to cut up
(third-person singular simple present slits, present participle slitting, simple past slit, past participle slit or slitten)