1. a young cat.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. (of cats) to give birth; bear.


  1. a young cat
  2. have kittens or have a canary British informal to react with disapproval, anxiety, etcshe had kittens when she got the bill US equivalent: have a cow


  1. (of cats) to give birth to (young)

late 14c., probably from an Anglo-French variant of Old French chitoun (Old North French caton) “little cat,” from chat “cat,” from Late Latin cattus (see cat). Applied playfully to a young girl, a sweetheart, from 1870.

see have a fit (kittens); weak as a kitten.

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