Dictionary: TIF – TIJ


• TIFF
n. 1. liquor, esp. poor or weak liquor …a1635 colloq. or sl.
n. 2. manner of dressing, or arranging, get-up; the way in which the hair, wig, etc., is dressed …1703 obs. rare
n. 3. a slight outburst or fit of temper, pettishness, or ill-humour …1727
n. 4. a sip or little drink of punch or other diluted liquor …1727 colloq. or sl.
n. 5. a slight or petty quarrel; an argument, a row; a temporary ill-humoured disagreement …1754
n. 6. a short outburst of laughter, etc. …1858 rare
n. 7. a struggle; a task requiring a great muscular effort …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 8. the act of struggling in a wanton or dallying manner …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 1. to attire, to dress, to deck out, to titivate one’s person,  hair, etc. …a1225 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to put in order, to arrange; to prepare, to make, to construct …1300s obs.
vb. 3. to be idly employed, to be busy about trifles …c1440 obs.
vb. 4. to have a petty quarrel …1727
vb. 5. to drink; esp. to drink slowly or in small portions; to sip …1769 colloq. or sl.
vb. 6. to lunch …1803 Anglo-Indian
vb. 7. to hinder, to delay, to struggle against; to struggle physically; to make a great effort …1899 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 8. to fall headlong …Bk1905 Eng. dial. obs.
vb. 9. to excite; to irritate …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 10. to scold, to rate; to betray hurt feelings passionately …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TIFFED
adj. tricked out, adorned .,.1303 obs.

• TIFFEN
vb. to toughen, to make tough; to become tough …1800 Eng. dial. obs.

• TIFFETY-TAFFETY
adj. florid, bombastic; overdressed; dainty, delicate, fastidious …1595 nonce word obs.

• TIFFIN
n. 1. in India and neighbouring eastern countries: a light midday meal; luncheon …1800 Anglo-Indian
n. 2. a moment of time …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. to lunch …1866 Anglo-Indian

• TIFFISH
adj. ready to take offense; pettish, peevish …1855 colloq. rare

• TIFFLE
n. 1. a slight breeze or ripple of wind …1892 Sc.
n. 2. a scuffle, a tussle, a fight …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to dress up, to adorn, to deck or trick out (in a trifling or time-wasting way) …1388 obs.
vb. 2. to busy oneself idly; to trifle; to potter about …c1440 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to grow weary, to tire; to become exhausted or worn out …1703 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to disorder, to disarrange; to entangle; to ravel …1811 chiefly Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to wrangle, to dispute; to tussle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to do any small fidgety job requiring care or nicety …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFFLER
n. 1. a trifler, one who potters about …c1400 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 2. one who does little jobs cleverly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFFLE-TAFFLE
vb. to work in a trifling, idle fashion …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFFLING
adj. requiring care and nicety …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFFLING TOITY
adv. raining in a drizzling, slopping manner …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFF-TAFFLE
vb. to talk in a bantering manner; to joke; to make repartee …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFFURE
n. a dressing up, adornment …1303 obs. rare

• TIFFY
adj. 1. given to fits of ill-temper; petulant, touchy, irritable, pettish, ill-humoured, uncertain in temper …1810 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adj. 2. in good condition; well, healthy …1867 Sc.
n. an engine room artificer …1899 nautical sl.

• TIFFY-TAFFY
n. 1. a trifler, a dawdler; one who works in an idle, trifling fashion …B1900 Eng. dial.
n. 2. a difficult piece of work …B1900 Eng. dial.
vb. to dawdle, to trifle …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TIFLE
vb. 1. to entangle, to ravel; to disorder, to tumble or disarrange; to ruffle …1641 Eng. dial. obs.
vb. 2. to grow weary, to tire; to become exhausted or worn out …1703 Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to trifle, to idle, to potter about; to do a little work in a trifling, idle way …1809 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to do any small fidgety job requiring care or nicety …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to tumble or toss about as a restless person does in bed; to act as a swivel-joint in a piece of mechanism …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to wrangle, to dispute; to tussle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFLING
adj. turning from side to side; changeable, not to be relied on …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFT
adj. prepared, ready; set in order; provided, furnished …1300s Sc. obs.
n. 1. condition, order; condition of mind, mood, humour …1717 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
n. 2. a slight fit of ill-humour or offendedness; a petty quarrel or disagreement …1751 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 3. a small draught of liquor …1751 Sc.
n. 4. a puff, breath, or slight blast of wind …a1765 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 5. a whiff, a sniff …1813 Sc. obs.
n. 6. a period of time, esp. with the idea of tediousness or duration …1835 Sc.
n. 7. an inspiration, afflatus …1835 Sc.
n. 8. sudden flight; great haste, precipitation …1841 Sc.
n. 9. a state of gasping or panting; a condition of breathlessness from exertion …1853 Eng. dial.
n. 10. a short suppressed cough …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 11. a small boat …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to prepare, to make ready, to put in order; to dress …1300s obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to drink, to quaff …1722 Sc. & Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to have a tiff or petty quarrel …1777 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to dress up or out; to decorate, to array in one’s best clothing, etc. …1790 Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to breathe hard, to pant …1807 Eng. dial.
vb. 6. to beat like a pulse; to throb; to tingle with pain …1899 Sc.
vb. 7. to cough…Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 8. to eject anything from the lips …Bk1905 Sc.

• TIFTER
n. 1. a fit of bad temper or ill-humour; a quarrel; a fight …1877 Sc. & Eng. dial.
n. 2. a struggle, hard endeavour; anything requiring muscular exertion or effort …1899 Eng. dial.
n. 3. a hurry, bustle …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a quandary; a difficult or disagreeable position …Bk1905 Sc.
n. 5. a stiff breeze with a tossing sea; a short time of stormy weather; exposure to stormy weather …Bk1905 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
n. 6. the scrubbing of a house from top to bottom …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIFTIE
adj. inspired, uplifted …1869 Sc.

• TIFTING
n. a scolding or quarrelling bout; a scolding …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TIFTY
adj. given to fits of ill-temper; petulant, touchy, irritable, uncertain in temper …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TIG
int. a call to pigs …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 1. a touch; usually a light but significant touch, a tap or pat …1721 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
n. 2. a pet; a fit of ill-humour …1773 Sc.
n. 3. a yearling sheep before it has been shorn …1784 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a sharp blow; the last blow in sparring …1811 Sc.
n. 5. a hard bargain; a deal …1895 Sc.
n. 6. a little pig …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to interfere; to meddle; to do have to do with …1599 Sc.
vb. 2. to annoy one by petty provocations …1802 Eng. dial.
vb. 3. to run from place to place as if chased …1834 Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to trifle; to dally with …1634
vb. 5. to work in a careless or trifling manner …Bk1905 Sc. obs.
vb. 6. to dally; to give a gentle pat or caress …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 7. to take a sudden whim; to go off in a pet …Bk1905 Sc.

• TIG AND TAR
vb. to act forcefully or wantonly; to use force and violence …c1470 Sc. obs.

• TIG AND TIE
phr. a close shave, ‘touch and go’, a narrow escape …Bk1905 Sc.

• TIG’D
adj. tired, weary …1889 Sc.

• TIGER
n. 1. a person of fierce, cruel, rapacious, or bloodthirsty disposition; also, a person of very great activity, strength, or courage …1500-20
n. 2. a smartly-liveried boy acting as groom or footman; formerly often provided with standing-room on a small platform behind the carriage, and a strap to hold on by; generally, an outdoor boy-servant …c1817 sl. obs.
n. 3. a vulgarly or obtrusively overdressed person …1827 sl. obs.
n. 4. a gambling establishment; the game of faro …1838 Amer. dial.
n. 5. a sponger, a hanger-on, a parasite; rake, a swell-mobsman …1849 sl. obs.
n. 6. a shriek or howl (often the word ‘tiger’) terminating a prolonged and enthusiastic cheer; a finishing touch, a final burst …1856 US sl.
n. 7. a menial labourer …1865 sl.
n. 8. a sheep shearer …1865 Aust. sl.
n. 9. a hand at poker: it consists of the lowest possible combination of five cards – these are two, three, four, five, and seven …1889
n. 10. a place where liquor is sold and consumed illegally …1905 Amer. dial.
n. 11. ale or malt liquor of any kind …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 12. bacon …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 13. wood with knots in it …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 14. a captain’s personal steward …1929 nautical sl.
vb. to look fierce …1892 Sc.

• TIGERANTIC
adj. of the nature of a tiger; cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …a1704 obs.

• TIGER HOUSE
n. a place where liquor is sold and consumed illegally …1965 Amer. dial.

• TIGER-HUNTER
n. a gambler …1896 US sl.

• TIGERISH
adj. 1. cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …1573
adj. 2. loud, flashy …1831

• TIGERISM
n. vulgar ostentation or affectation; pretentiousness; swagger …1836

• TIGER JUICE
n. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1950 Amer. dial.

• TIGERKIN
n. 1. a cat …1849
n. 2. a diminutive tiger; a tiger cub …1867

• TIGERLING
n. 1. a young or diminutive tiger …1858
n. 2. a young boy …1858

• TIGERLY
adj. tigerish; cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …1633 rare

• TIGER MILK
n. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1928 Amer. dial.

• TIGER-MOUTH
n. the snapdragon; the foxglove …1886

• TIGERNESS
n. ferocity …1535 obs.

• TIGEROCIOUS
adj. having the qualities of the tiger; cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless … 1874 nonce word

• TIGER OF CHASE
n. the cheetah …1784 obs.

• TIGER OF THE SEA
n. a barracuda …1939 Amer. dial.

• TIGEROUS
adj. cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …1532 obs. rare

• TIGER PISS
n. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1968 Amer. dial.

• TIGERS
n. wide-striped trousers …Bk1942 Amer. sl.

• TIGER’S MILK
n. 1. gin …1850 sl.
n. 2. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1879 Amer. dial.

• TIGER’S MOUTH
n. 1. the foxglove …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
n. 2. the snapdragon …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGER SPIT
n. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1974 Amer. dial.

• TIGER’S SWEAT
n. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1985 Amer. dial.

• TIGER SWEAT
n. strong or inferior liquor; whisky, esp. illegally made whisky; moonshine …1932 Amer. dial.

• TIGER TAIL
n. a mountain lion …1930 Amer. dial.

• TIGERY
adj. cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …1859 rare

• TIGGEL
vb. to tamper with; to undermine …1812 Sc. obs.

• TIGGITY-BOO
adj. satisfactory …1939 Brit. sl.

• TIGGLE-TAGGLE
vb. to be a long time making a bargain; to haggle …Bk1905 Sc. obs.

• TIGGY
adj. pettish …Bk1905 Sc.

• TIGGY-HOGS
n. wood-lice, sow bugs, millipedes …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGHT
adj. 1. c1435 obs. rare – dense, as a wood or thicket
adj. 2. 1598 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – of a person: competent, capable, able, skilful; alert, smart; lively, vigorous, stout  
adj. 3. 1669 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs. – cunning, clever; dexterous, skilled, expert
adj. 4. 1685 Sc. – tidy, neat, in good order  
adj. 5. 1697 arch. or Eng. dial. – neat in appearance; neatly and carefully dressed; trim, tidy, smart; of a neat compact build, well-made, shapely  
adj. 6. 1790 Sc. obs. – of ale or beer: pleasing to the taste, good, strong
adj. 7. 1805 sl. – mean, ungenerous  
adj. 8. 1809 Sc. & Eng. dial. – in good health, well; sound, whole  
adj. 9. 1824 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs. – prepared; ready for action
adj. 10. 1830 sl. – drunk, tipsy  
adj. 11. 1865 Sc. & Eng. dial. – in financial difficulties, hard up; of money: scarce  
adj. 12. 1890 Eng. dial. – difficult, hard  
adj. 13. 1899 Eng. dial. – considerable  
adj. 14. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – sharp, sudden  
adj. 15. 1909 sl. – in billiards: of pockets: having a small opening compared with the diameter of the balls
adj. 16. 1909 sl. – in billiards: said of balls when they are in contact  
adj. 17. 1928 US sl. – of a person: tough and unyielding  
adj. 18. 1950s Amer. sl. – close, friendly  
adj. 19. 1980s US students’ sl. – attractive; cool
adv. 1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. – tightly; smartly, quickly; strenuously, soundly  
n. 1. c888 obs. – good breeding; behaviour; bringing up, rearing, training, education
n. 2. 1777 Eng. dial. – weight  
vb. 1. a1000 obs. – to draw, to pull
vb. 2. a1000 obs. – to train, to discipline
vb. 3. c1000 obs. – to attract, to entice, to allure
vb. 4. c1205 obs. – to go, to proceed, to advance
vb. 5. a1300 obs. – to prepare, to get ready; to devise, to contrive
vb. 6. c1475 obs. – to set or deck with jewels
vb. 7. 1610 Sc. obs. – to make close; to tighten; to stretch
vb. 8. 1790 Eng. dial. – to weigh, to poise; to ascertain the weight of anything by poising it in the hand  
vb. 9. 1895 Eng. dial. – to put in order; to make tidy or neat  

• TIGHT AS A CUP
adj. 1892 Eng. dial. – very close or tight  

• TIGHT AS A DRUM
adj. 1830 US sl. – drunk

• TIGHT AS A LORD
adj. 1830 US sl. – drunk

• TIGHT AS A MINK
adj. 1830 US sl. – drunk

• TIGHT AS A NEWT
adj. 20C Brit. military sl. – heavily drunk; as saturated as the amphibious newt  

• TIGHT AS A RAT-TRAP
adj. 1901 Eng. dial. – very close or tight  

• TIGHT AS A TICK
adj. 1830 sl. – drunk  

• TIGHT AS DICK’S HATBAND
adj. 1909 Amer. dial. – very stingy  

• TIGHT AS KELSEY’S NUTS
adj. 1950s US sl. – very parsimonious; stingy

• TIGHT AS O’REILLY’S BALLS
adj. 1950s US sl. – very parsimonious; stingy

• TIGHT AS REILLY’S BALLS
adj. 1950s US sl. – very parsimonious; stingy

• TIGHT AS WAX
adj. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – very close or tight  

• TIGHT-BOUND
adj. 1824 Sc. – strong and well made  

• TIGHT COOPER
n. a cooper who makes casks for liquids …1889

• TIGHTEN
vb. 1. to make oneself tidy …1786 obs. rare
vb. 2. to hasten …1886 Eng. dial.

• TIGHTEN A PERSON’S TETHER
vb. to restrict, to restrain …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGHTEN ONE’S ACTION
vb. to begin behaving in a more effective or positive manner …1976 US sl.

• TIGHTER THAN A DUCK’S ARSE
adj. very drunk or drug-intoxicated …2002 UK sl.

• TIGHT-EYE
n. sleep …1938 Amer. dial.

• TIGHT-FISTED
adj. parsimonious, close-fisted …1844

• TIGHT-GAL
n. a close female friend …1965 Amer. dial.

• TIGHTING
n. persuading, enticement …c1000 obs.

• TIGHT IN THE BUSH
adj. said of a very careful or stingy person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGHT IN THE HAFT
adj. said of a very careful or stingy person …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGHTISH
adj. 1. rather ‘stiff’ or difficult; somewhat difficult to accomplish …1786
adj. 2. considerable in amount; numerous …1890 Eng. dial.
adj. 3. in financial straits, wanting money …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
adj. 4. well, in good health …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
adv. severely, smartly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGHT JEFF
n. well-rehearsed patter …1960s African-American sl.

• TIGHT-LACED
adj. strict in the observance of rules or usages of morality or propriety …1741

• TIGHTLY
adv. 1. deftly, neatly; cleverly, dexterously; properly, correctly …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial. obs.
adv. 2. neatly, tidily, smartly …1825-9
adv. 3. severely, sharply …1863 Sc. & Eng. dial.
adv. 4. promptly, quickly; actively, smartly …1873 Sc.
adv. 5. thoroughly, closely; minutely …1883 Sc.

• TIGHT-MAN
n. a close male friend …1965 Amer. dial.

• TIGHT MONEY
n. 1866 US sl. – money when the supply is scarce, esp. during a period of high interest rates

• TIGHTNESS
n. the condition of being tipsy …1864 sl.

• THE TIGHT REIN
n. good advice …1980s Aust. sl.

• THE TIGHTS
n. 1970s US sl. – a penniless or financially grim condition

• TIGHT-SHOE DAY
n. Saturday; market day …1950 Amer. dial.

• TIGHT UP
vb. to put in order; to tidy; to dress oneself neatly and tidily …Bk1905 Sc. & Eng. dial.

• TIGHTWAD
n. a mean person …1906 sl., orig. & chiefly US

• TIGHT-WAISTED
adj. of boots or shoes: tight or narrow at the instep; close-fitting …1901 Eng. dial.

• TIGLET
n. the metal end of a shoe-lace or boot-lace …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGMATEEZE
vb. to pull one about …Bk1905 Sc. obs.

• TIGNON
n. a brightly coloured handkerchief worn as a head covering by women …1884 Amer. dial.

• TIGRESS
n. 1. a fierce, cruel, or tiger-like woman …1700 
n. 2. a treacherous person …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a vulgarly or obtrusively dressed woman …1836 obs.

• TIG RIGS
n. pigs …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TIGRINE
adj. pert. to or resembling a tiger, esp. in marking or colouring …1656

• TIGRISH
adj. cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …1573

• TIGROID
adj. resembling a tiger; marked like a tiger …1901

• TIGROLOGY
n. the branch of zoology which treats of tigers …1822-56 nonce word

• TIGROUS
adj. cruel, bloodthirsty, fierce, relentless …1532 obs. rare

• TIGSER
n. a person who is quick in motion …Bk1905 Eng. dial. sl.

• TIGSUM
adj. hindersome; wearisome, tedious …1880 Sc.

• TIG-TAG
adv. in suspense …Bk1905 Sc.
vb. 1. to continue in reciprocal action; to bicker; to haggle in bargaining …1643 Sc.
vb. 2. to drive to and fro, to keep a person running to and fro …1643 Sc.
vb. 3. to trifle; to be very busy while accomplishing nothing of importance; to shilly-shally …1776 Sc. obs.

• TIG-TAGGING
n. the act of haggling …1825 Sc.

• TIG-TAILED
adj. ragged; of a woman whose petticoat trails: draggle-tailed …1853 Sc.

• TIG-TIRE
vb. to annoy; to make sport by teasing …Bk1905 Sc.

• TIG-TOW
vb. to play fast and loose with; to act capriciously; to dally with; to behave irresponsibly or immorally …1864 Sc.

• TIG WITH
vb. to meddle, to interfere …1889 Sc.

• TIJUANA BIBLE
n. 1950s US sl.- a pornographic book of the most revolting sort

• TIJUANA TAXI
n. 1960s US citizens’ band radio usage – a police car


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