A2informala small piece or amount of something: Would you like a bit of chocolate?The glass smashed into little bits.There were bits of paper all over the floor.She tries to do a bit of exercise every day.Words meaning small pieces and amountsa bitinformalB2a short distance or period of time: I'm just going out for a bit. See you later.Can you move up a bit?Short in timeTemporarya bit of sthC1a slight but not serious amount or type of something: Maria's put on a bit of weight, hasn't she?It's a bit of a nuisance.He's a bit of a prat.Words meaning small pieces and amountsa bit...A2slightly: The dress is a bit too big for me.That was a bit silly, wasn't it?I'm a bit nervous.I was hoping there'd be some food - I'm a bit hungry.Would you like a bit more cake?It's a bit like a Swiss chalet.Some and quite›UKvery: Blimey, it's a bit cold!And she didn't invite him? That was a bit mean!Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressionsbit by bitC1gradually: I saved up the money bit by bit.Slow and moving slowlynot a bit›not in any way: She wasn't a bit worried about her exams.My parents were not a bit happy (= were very unhappy) about my choice."Are you getting tired?" "Not a bit."Yes, no and notquite a bitB1a lot: She's got quite a bit of money.Masses and large amounts of thingsto bits›into small pieces: The car was blown to bits.It just fell to bits in my hands.Tearing and breaking into pieces›very much: I love my son to bits.