Definition of “bit” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] uk us /bɪt/

A2 mainly UK a small amount or piece of something:

I wrote it down on a bit of paper.
There's a little bit more pasta left.
My favourite bit of the film is right at the end.
The books are falling to bits (= into separate parts).
a bit

A2 mainly UK slightly:

It's a bit cold in here.
It was a bit too expensive.

B2 mainly UK informal a short time:

I'll see you in a bit.
She lived in Italy for a bit.
a bit of a change/fool/problem, etc mainly UK

a change, fool (= stupid person), problem, etc, but not an important or serious one:

I am a bit of a romantic.
It was a bit of a shock.
quite a bit informal

B1 a lot:

He does quite a bit of travelling.
She is quite a bit older than him.
a bit much mainly UK informal

more than is fair, or more than you can deal with:

It's a bit much to expect me to tidy up their mess.
bit by bit


She saved up the money, bit by bit.
every bit as

used to emphasize that one thing is equally good, important, etc as something else:

The gardens are every bit as impressive as the castle itself.
bits and pieces

small things or jobs that are not connected or not very important:

We've packed most of it up now, there are just a few bits and pieces left.

a unit of information in a computer:

Can I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit computer?

a piece of metal which goes in the mouth of a horse to control it

(Definition of “bit noun” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)