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A long, straight, narrow cut or opening.
tr.v. slit, slit·ting, slits
1. To make a slit or slits in.
2. To cut lengthwise into strips; split.

[Middle English slitte, from slitten, to split, from Old English slītan, to cut up.]

slit′ter n.
slit′ty adj.


adj, slittier or slittiest
long, straight, and narrow
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"If you stay here much longer, you'll go home with slitty eyes." -- To a British student in China, 1986
He once told an English visiting student in Japan, "Don't stay here too long, you might go all slitty eyed."
A stray remark about "slitty eyes" during a visit to China in the 1980s became symbolic of his gruff and often unguarded manner, which contrasted sharply with the warmer image of the queen and other British royals.
There were two men to a slitty and we'd be ready for whatever would happen during the night.
Germany's European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Sunday defended his use of the term 'slitty eyes' for Chinese people which triggered outrage after they were revealed in a leaked recording of a speech to business leaders.
Their eyes go slitty, their lips draw tight and they act like they're reaching for daggers in their cloaks.
Yellow eyes with black slitty pupils ...', then rich poetic descriptions: 'Pan's voice was like mossy bark on ancient trees.
When in China, she doesn't drop "slitty eyes" comments.
What a bang, arousing male protectiveness--Dieter's lips and eyes gone slitty, his raised chin blunt.
San Franciscans pucker their lips up and their eyes go slitty when you bring up burritos.
It was the first time darts had ever been done on television - it was on World of Sport - and you saw this little guy with long hair and slitty eyes and, you know, few teeth, gappy teeth, jumping around the stage...
He saw Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon in the artist's studio in 1907, and soon began carving heads with elongated faces, long thin noses, slitty eyes and tiny mouths.