- 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 sl&imacron;tan, to cut up.
(third-person singular simple present slits, present participle slitting, simple past slit, past participle slit or slitten)