An example of lit is to have started a fire.
An example of lit is to have turned on a lamp.
An example of lit is taking a college course called English Lit.
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.”
Enjoyed my course in French lit.
Origin of 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”).
- From Middle English lihte, from Old English līhtte, first and third person singular preterit of līhtan (“to light”). More at light.
- From Middle English litten, liten, from Old Norse lita (“to colour”), from litr (“colour”). See above.
- Short for literature.