From Middle English quiten, quyten, from Anglo-Norman quitter, Old French quitter, from quitte (“acquited, quit”), ultimately from Latin quietus.
Compare Dutch kwijten (“to quit”), Low German quitten (“to quit”), German quitten, quittieren, Danish kvitte, Swedish qvitta, kvitta (“to quit, leave, set off”), Icelandic kvitta.
quit (third-person singular simple present quits, present participle quitting, simple past and past participle quit or quitted)
- (transitive, archaic) To pay (a debt, fine etc.).
- (transitive, obsolete) To repay (someone) for (something).
- (transitive, obsolete) To repay, pay back (a good deed, injury etc.).
- (reflexive, archaic) To conduct or acquit (oneself); to behave (in a specified way).
- (transitive, archaic) To carry through; to go through to the end.
- (transitive) To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate.
- (transitive) To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, etc.; to absolve; to acquit.
- (transitive) To abandon, renounce (a thing).
- (transitive) To leave (a place).
- (transitive, intransitive) To resign from (a job, office, position, etc.).
- (transitive, intransitive) To stop, give up (an activity) (usually + gerund or verbal noun).
- (transitive, computing) To close (an application).
quit (not comparable)
- (usually followed by of) Released from obligation, penalty, etc; free, clear, or rid.
quit (plural quits)
- Any of numerous species of small passerine birds native to tropical America. [from 19th c.]