American English

Definition of fit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of strong feeling
  1. 1[countable] a short period of very strong feeling to act in a fit of anger/rage/temper/pique When I came home an hour late, my mom had a complete fit (= of anger). see also hissy fit
  2. of coughing/laughter
  3. 2[countable] a sudden short period of coughing or of laughing, that you cannot control synonym bout a fit of coughing He had us all in fits of laughter with his jokes.
  4. illness
  5. 3[countable] (old-fashioned) a sudden attack of an illness, such as epilepsy, in which someone becomes unconscious and their body may make violent movements synonym seizure to have an epileptic fit
  6. of clothing
  7. 4[countable, uncountable] (often with an adjective) the way that something, especially a piece of clothing, fits a good/bad/close/perfect fit
  8. match
  9. 5[countable] fit (between A and B) the way that two things match each other or are suitable for each other We need to work out the best fit between the staff required and the staff available.
  10. Idioms
    by/in fits and starts
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    frequently starting and stopping again; not continuously Because of other commitments I can only write my book in fits and starts.
    have/throw a fit (informal)
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    to be very shocked, upset, or angry Your mother would have a fit if she knew you'd been drinking!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fit