Dictionary: TIS – TN


• TISE
vb. to entice; to tempt, to allure, to attract; to coax, to wheedle …1860 Sc.

• TISH
n. 1979 US drug culture sl. – phencyclidine (PCP)

• TISICAL
adj. asthmatic …1888 Eng. dial.

• TISICKNESS
n. asthmatic quality …1533 obs.

• TISS
vb. ? to weave: ? to arrange with light touches …1585 obs. rare

• TISSEY
n. a sixpenny piece …1804 Brit. sl.

• TISSICK
n. a cold; an infection of the throat or lungs …1954 Amer. dial.

• TISSICKING
adj. asthmatic, wheezy …1890 Eng. dial.

• TISTICA
n. tuberculosis …1967 Amer. dial.

• TISTITOSTIE
n. a swaggering or blustering fellow …1598 obs.

• TISTI-TOSTIE-FELLOW
n. a swaggerer …1598 obs.

• TISTY-TOSTY
adj. 1. swaggering …1598 obs.
adj. 2. plump and comely; round like a ball …1888 Eng. dial.
adj. 3. pleasant …1888 Eng. dial.
int. an exclamation of triumph or exultation …1568
n. 1. a swaggering or blustering fellow …1598 obs.
n. 2. a bunch of flowers, a nosegay …1825 obs.

• TISWAS
n. a state of agitation or restlessness …1960 sl.

• TIT
adj. dear, beloved; fond …c1400 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
adv. quickly, soon …a1225 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
n. 1. a sharp and sudden pull; a tug, a jerk, a twitch …1340 chiefly Sc.
n. 2.a girl or young woman …1599
n. 3. a woman of loose character; a licentious woman; a hussy, a minx …1599
n. 4. a horse small of kind, or not full grown; later applied in depreciation to any horse; a nag …1548 rare
n. 5. a lad or young man …1599 obs.
n. 6. a light stroke or tap; a slap …1808 Sc.
n. 7. a call to a cat …1828
n. 8. a foolish person …1947 sl.
vb. 1. to pull forcibly, to tug; to snatch …a1300 chiefly Sc.
vb. 2. to pull up, esp. in a halter; hence, to hang …c1375 obs.
vb. 3. to lay hold of forcibly, to clutch, to seize …c1425 obs.
vb. 4. to strike or tap lightly; to pat, to tip …1589 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 5. to twit, to upbraid; to scoff or jeer at …1622 obs.
vb. 6. to milk a cow …1916 Amer. dial.

• TITA
n. 1. a sister …1967 Hawaii
n. 2. an immoral woman …1967 Hawaii

• TITAN
adj. titanic, gigantic …1697
n. 1. the sun personified …1412-20
n. 2. something or someone of gigantic stature or strength, physical or intellectual; an excellent person …1828
n. 3. a machine of great size and power …1876

• TITAN BEAM
n. a sunbeam …a1649 obs.

• TIT AND ARSE; TIT AND ASS
adj. denoting the crude display of female sexuality on stage, in films, newspapers, books,  etc. …1972 sl.

• TITANESQUE
adj. colossal, gigantic …1882

• TITANESS
n. a female of great, strength, intellect, or importance …1596

• TITANIAN
adj. 1. resembling the sun …1614
adj. 2. large, huge, colossal, gigantic …1667

• TITANIC
adj. 1. pert. to the sun …1656 obs. rare
adj. 2. gigantic, colossal …1709

• TITANICAL
adj. gigantic, colossal …1642 obs. rare

• TITANOLATER
n. an admirer of titanic attributes …1846

• TITANOLATRY
n. worship or admiration of titanic attributes …1867

• TITANOMACHY
n. the warfare of the Titans …1887

• TIT ART
n. 1970s US newspaper office usage – appealing photographs of young women

• TITBAG
n. a brassiere …c1945 sl.

• TIT-BITICAL
adj. full of tit-bits or tidbits …1890 nonce word

• TIT-BITTY
adj. full of tit-bits or tidbits …1887 nonce word

• TIT-BORE
n. the childish game of ‘bo-peep’ …a1600 Sc. obs.

• TITCH
n. 1. Bk1867 Ireland obs. – a kid
n. 2. 1888chiefly Brit. – a small person; a name for a small person
n. 3. M19 sl. – a flogging  
n. 4. 1937 colloq. – a very little; a small amount
n. 5. 1979 US drug culture sl. – phencyclidine (PCP)
vb. M19 sl. – to flog  

• TITCHY
adj. tetchy, peevish, irritable, short-tempered; easily offended or angered …1691 Eng. dial.

• TITE
adj. quick, swift …c1400 obs.
adv. quickly, soon …a1225 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TITELY
adv. quickly, speedily, smartly; soon …a1225 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TITERY
n. gin …1725 sl. obs.

• TITE-TITY
vb. 1. to balance on the hand …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to play at seesaw …Bk1905 Eng. dial.

• TITFA; TITFER; TITFOR
n. a hat …1930 Brit. rhyming sl. (Tit for Tat)

• TIT FOR TAT
adj. of a competition or competitors: close, even, equal, neck and neck …1898 Amer. dial.

• TIT-HAMMOCK
n. a brassiere …E20 Brit. sl.

• TITHE
adj. tenth …c1250
n. 1. a granting; a concession, boon …a900 obs.
n. 2. a tenth part of anything; later, a very small part …1494
vb. 1. to grant, to concede, to bestow …c893 obs.
vb. 2. to grant or pay one tenth of one’s goods, earnings, etc., esp. to the support of the church; to pay tithes on one’s goods, lands, etc. …c897
vb. 3. to take every tenth thing or person from the whole number; to take one tenth of the whole; to divide into tenths …c1000 obs.

• TITHELING
n. tenth part, tithe …c1320 obs. rare

• TITHE-MAN
n. 1. anciently, the chief man of a tithing; a headborough …c1450 obs. rare
n. 2. one who pays tithes …1680 obs. rare
n. 3. a collector of tithes …1747

• TITHER
n. 1. one who pays tithes …c1386 rare
n. 2. an exactor or receiver of tithes; also a supporter of the system of ecclesiastical tithes …1591

• TITHING
n. 1. one tenth given to the church; tithe …925
n. 2. thing granted, reward …c1275 obs.
n. 3. a tenth part of anything …1382 obs.
n. 4. the killing of every tenth; decimation; sometimes, the killing of all but the tenth …1586 obs.

• TITHINGMAN
n. 1. anciently, the chief man of a tithing; a headborough; in later use, a parish peace-officer, or petty constable …946
n. 2. a chief or ruler of ten …c1000 obs.
n. 3. a collector of tithes …1625

• TITI
n. a dense thicket …1905 Amer. dial.

• TITIAN
adj. of hair colour: red …1904

• TITICULTURE
n. the appreciation of well-shaped human breasts; breast worship …20C sl.

• TITILLATE
vb. 1. to excite or stimulate as by tickling; esp. to excite agreeably, to gratify the sense of taste, smell, or touch, the imagination …1620
vb. 2. to touch lightly; to irritate slightly …1837

• TITILLATING
adj. 1. pleasantly exciting, exhilarating, stimulating …1712-14
adj. 2. itching, tingling; craving, hankering …1858

• TITILLATION
n. 1. pleasing excitement, gratification …c1425
n. 2. a sensation of being tickled; a tingling, an itching …1621
n. 3. the act of tickling or touching lightly so as to tickle …1623

• TITILLATIVE
adj. tending to tickle, having the power of tickling …1736 nonce word

• TITILLATORY
adj. pleasurably exciting …1762

• TITIVATE
vb. to make small alterations to one’s toilet, etc. so as to add to one’s attractions; to make smart or spruce; to ‘touch up’ in the way of adornment, to put the finishing touches to …1805

• TITIVIL
n. 1. a term of reproach; a bad or vile character; a scoundrel, villain; a worthless knave …c1420 obs.
n. 2. a name for a demon or devil in the mystery plays …c1450 obs.
n. 3. a mischievous talebearer; a tattling telltale …1523 obs.

• TITIVILLER
n. 1. a bad or vile character, a scoundrel, a rogue, a rascal, a knave, a villain …1500 obs. rare
n. 2. a tattling telltale, a mischievous talebearer, one who spreads scandal …1581 obs. rare

• TITLARK
n. a spectator; a witness …1799 sl.

• TITLE
n. 1. an inscription placed on or over an object, giving its name or describing it; a legend; sometimes, a placard hung up in a theatre giving the names of the piece, etc. …c950 obs.
n. 2. a document; a writing, a letter …c1330 obs.
n. 3. an inscribed pillar, column, tombstone, or the like …1388 obs. rare
n. 4. a part or division of a book, or of a subject …a1400 obs.
vb. 1. to entitle …a1300 obs.
vb. 2. to set down in writing; to inscribe, to record, to chronicle …1340 obs.

• TITLEY
n. drink; generally applied to intoxicating beverages …M19 Brit. sl.

• TITLING
n. the smallest pig in a litter …1959 Amer. dial.

• TITLY
adv. quickly, speedily, smartly; soon …a1225 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TIT-MAN
n. 1. the smallest pig, etc. of a litter…1849 Amer. dial.
n. 2. (as ‘titman’) a person, usually male, that is literally or figuratively stunted; a dwarf; the smallest or youngest or least significant in a family or other group …1818 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a male more interested in a woman’s breasts than her legs, etc. …c1910 sl.

• TITMOUSE
n. 1. a small, petty, or insignificant person or thing …1596
n. 2. (usually as ‘tit-mouse’) the female genitals …M17 Brit. sl.

• TIT ONE IN THE TEETH
vb. to cast in one’s teeth, to upbraid one with …1622 obs.

• TITRIVATE
vb. 1. to titivate; to adjust the personal appearance of; to make oneself attractive; to primp, to go about ostentatiously …1854 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to fix up, to adjust, to manipulate …1903 Amer. dial.

• TITRIVATED OUT
adj. dressed up …1917 Amer. dial.

• TITS
int. 20C US sl. – an exclamation; Great!  
adj. 1. 1960s US sl. – excellent; wonderful
adj. 2. 1960s US students’ sl. – easy; simple
n. 1928 sl. – breasts  

• TITS AND ARSE; TITS AND ASS
adj. denoting the crude display of female sexuality on stage, in films, newspapers, books, etc. …1972 sl.

• TITS AND BUMS
adj. denoting the crude display of female sexuality on stage, in films, newspapers, books, etc. …1972 sl.

• TITS-AND-ZITS
phr. 1970s US sl. – dealing with teenage love and sex

• TITS FOR DAYS
adj. pert. to a woman with large or immensely large breasts …M20 US sl.

• TIT-SHOW
n. a vaudeville act in which uncovered female breasts are to be seen …c1930 colloq.

• TITS-MAN
n. a male more interested in a woman’s breasts than her legs, etc. …c1910 sl.

• TITTA
n. a sister; also, a term or term of address for a woman …1883 Amer. dial.

• TIT-TAT
n. an imitation of the sound of alternating taps or blows …a1700

• TITTER
adv. 1. more quickly; sooner, earlier …a1300 obs. exc. N. Eng. dial.
adv. 2. more readily, more willingly, sooner, rather …a1300 obs. exc. N. Eng. dial.
n. 1. a stifled laugh, a giggle …1728
n. 2. a young woman or girl …1812 sl.
n. 3. an animal’s teat …19C Brit. colloq.
n. 4. a sister; also, a term or term of address for a woman …1897 Amer. dial.
n. 5. a man who spends much time with girls or is highly attracted to them …E20 US sl.
n. 6. a seesaw …1966 Amer. dial.
vb. 1. to move unsteadily, as if about to fall; to totter, to reel; to sway to and fro …c1374 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to laugh in a suppressed or covert way; to giggle …a1619
vb. 3. to seesaw …a1825 Eng. dial.

• TITTER-A-TAUTER
n. the pastime of seesaw; also, a seesaw …1887 Eng. dial.

• TITTERATION
n. tittering, giggling …1754

• TITTER-BOARD
n. a seesaw …1966 Amer. dial.

• TITTER-CUM-TOTTER
n. the pastime of seesaw; also, a seesaw …1887 Eng. dial.

• TITTERER
n. 1. a tattler, a telltale …1377 obs.
n. 2. one who laughs restrainedly; a giggler …1828

• TITTERING
adj. 1. tottering, swaying. moving unsteadily …1661
adj. 2. giggling, laughing with suppressed mirth …1748
n. 1. the act of tottering or swaying; unsteady movement …c1374
n. 2. hesitation, vacillation …c1374

• TITTERING BOARD
n. a seesaw …1943 Amer. dial.

• TITTER-TEETER
n. a seesaw …1965 Amer. dial.

• TITTER-TOTTER
adv. 1. in a tottering manner; unsteadily …1725
adv. 2. hesitatingly, waveringly …1725
n. 1. the pastime of seesaw; also, a seesaw …1530 obs. exc. Eng. & Amer. dial.
n. 2. one who totters, reels, or staggers …a1700 obs.
vb. to seesaw …a1825 Eng. dial.

• TITTERY
adj. foolish; silly; witless …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
n. gin …1725 sl. obs.

• TITTERY-TU
n. one of an association of well-to-do ‘roughs’ who infested London streets in the 17th century …1623 obs.

• TIT TICKLERS
n. metal studs covering the back of a young male motorcyclist’s riding jacket …c1965 motorcyclists’ sl.

• TITTIE
n. 1. a sister; a young woman or girl …1725 Sc.
n. 2. the breast, esp. the mother’s breast …1746
n. 3. breast milk …1827 Amer. dial.

• TITTIE AND BILLIE
n. sister and brother …18C Sc.

• TITTIVATE
vb. to make small alterations to one’s toilet, etc. so as to add to one’s attractions; to make smart or spruce; to ‘touch up’ in the way of adornment, to put the finishing touches to …1805

• TITTLE
n. 1. the smallest or a very small part of something; a minute amount …c1400
n. 2. the dot over the letter ‘i’; a punctuation mark; a diacritic point over a letter; any one of the Hebrew and Arabic vowel-points and accents; also, a pip on dice …1538
vb. 1. to tickle …a1300 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to speak in a whisper or in a low voice, to whisper; also, to tell or utter by way of tattle or gossip; to tell a person confidentially …1399 Eng. dial. & colloq.
vb. 3. to fondle or indulge to excess; to pet, to pamper; to tend carefully, to nurse, to cherish …1560 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
vb. 4. to potter; to trifle; to fidget, to fuss …17C obs. exc. Eng. dial. or sl.

• TITTLE-GOOSE
n. a foolish, tattling person; a telltale, a foolish blab …1807 Eng. dial.

• TITTLER
n. one who tattles; a whisperer, a telltale, a talebearer; a gossip …1399 obs. exc. Eng. dial.

• TITTLE-TATTLE
adj. addicted to tattling; gossiping …1719
n. 1. talk, chatter, prattle; esp. empty or trifling talk about trivial matters; petty gossip …a1529
n. 2. a habitual tattler; one given up to gossip; esp. a woman so addicted …1580 obs.
vb. to chatter, to prate; to talk idly; to gossip …1583

• TITTLE-TATTLER
n. one addicted to tattling; an idle talker, a gossip …1600

• TITTLING BOARD
n. a seesaw …1943 Amer. dial.

• TITTLY-BENDERS
n. an area of yielding ice made naturally or deliberately on a body of water; the sport of running or skating over such ice …1892 Amer. dial.

• TITTUP
n. 1. the trigger of a crossbow …1536 obs. rare
n. 2. a horse’s canter; a hand-gallop …1703 chiefly Eng. dial.
n. 3. a pert, impudent or forward woman or girl; a hussy, a minx …1762 Eng. dial.
n. 4. a cantering horse …1805 obs.
n. 5. the correct or fashionable thing …L19 sl.
vb. 1. to walk or go with an up-and-down movement; to walk in an affected manner; to mince or prance in one’s gait …1785
vb. 2. of a horse or other animal: to canter, to gallop easily …1844
vb. 3. of a boat: to toss with abrupt jerky movements …1881

• TITTUPING
adj. 1. rollicking, lively, merry …1796
adj. 2. unsteady, rickety …1824
adj. 3. bouncing, cantering, prancing …1895

• TITTUPY
adj. apt to tip up; unsteady, shaky, rickety …1798 colloq.
adj. 2. jolly, lively

• TITTY
n. 1. a sister; a young woman or girl …1725 Sc.
n. 2. the breast, esp. the mother’s breast …1746
n. 3. human breast milk …18C colloq.
n. 4. a nosegay …1790 Eng. dial.
n. 5. a kitten, a cat …1821

• TITTY BABY
n. 1. a nursing infant …1973 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a whiner, a crybaby …1996 Amer. dial.

• TITTY-BOTTLE
n. a baby-bottle; a nursing-bottle …19C Brit. colloq.

• TITTY CHILD
n. a nursing infant …1973 Amer. dial.

• TITTYNOPE
n. a small quantity of anything left over; it was especially applied to a small handful of corn left over in gleaning …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TITTY-OGGY
n. fellatio …19C Brit. sl.

• TITTYRY
n. one of an association of well-to-do ‘roughs’ who infested London streets in the 17th century …1623 obs.

• TITTY TODDY
adj. vacillating, undecided; silly, fussy, crotchety …1875 Eng. dial.

• TITTY-TOIT
vb. to tidy up …B1900 Eng. dial.

• TITTY-TOTTY
adj. extremely tiny, very small …1893 Eng. dial.

• TITTY-UP
n. a pert, impudent or forward woman or girl; a hussy, a minx …1901 Eng. dial.

• TITUBANCY
n. tipsiness, partial drunkenness; unsteadiness …1800 rare

• TITUBANT
adj. 1. staggering, tottering, reeling, stumbling, unsteady …1817
adj. 2. stammering …1817 rare
adj. 3. rollicking, tipsy…1817 rare
adj. 4. uncertain, doubting, hesitating, wavering …1880 rare

• TITUBANTLY
adv. stammeringly …1861 rare

• TITUBATE
vb. 1. to stagger, to stumble, to trip, to reel, to totter; to rock, roll …1575 rare
vb. 2. to stammer, to falter in speaking …1623 rare

• TITUBATING
adj. moving unsteadily …1653 rare

• TITUBATION
n. 1. a stammering, a stuttering …1641 obs.
n. 2. faltering, suspense, perplexity, embarrassment …1710
n. 3. the act of staggering, reeling, stumbling, or tottering; unsteadiness in gait or carriage …1849 rare

TITULATE
vb. 1620 – to excite or stimulate as by tickling; esp. to excite agreeably, to gratify the sense of taste, smell, or touch, the imagination

TIT UP
vb. 1. 1880s sl. – to toss up coins in order to reach a decision
vb. 2. 1960s sl. – to fondle a woman’s breasts

TITWANK
n. 1. 1990s sl. – an act of intercourse in which the man rubs his penis between the woman’s breasts
n. 2. 1990s sl. – a term of abuse
Etymology
– from tit (n. a breast) + wank (n. an act of masturbation)

TIT WILLOW
n. c1870 rhyming sl. – a pillow
Etymology
– Tit Willow is from The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan

TITYRE-TU
n. 1623 obs. – one of an association of well-to-do ‘roughs’ who infested London streets in the 17th century

TIUS
n. L19 back slang – a suit of clothes

TIVES
n. 1970s US students’ sl. – one’s relatives
Etymology
– from relatives

TIVVILL
n. Bk1896 sl. – a short crowbar, used by housebreakers

TIVVY
n. 19C Brit. sl. – the female genitals
Etymology
– from activity

TIVY
vb. 1842 rare – to ride rapidly

TIZ; TIZZ
n. a state of agitation, restlessness, nervousness, confusion or dither for little reason …1954 sl.
Etymology
– unknown; possibly echoic of one’s rushing around

TIZ UP
vb. 1930s Aust. sl. – to dress up
Etymology
– unknown; possibly from titivate

TIZ-WIZZ
n. 1935 sl., orig. US – a state of agitation, restlessness, nervousness, confusion or dither for little reason; panic, a flap
Etymology
– unknown; possibly echoic of one’s rushing around

TIZZEY
n. 1804 Brit. sl. – a sixpenny piece

TIZZICK
n. 1835 Amer. dial. – a consumption, a shortness of breath; asthma; tuberculosis

TIZZICKY
adj. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – asthmatic, wheezy

TIZZIE LISH
n. 1995 Amer. dial. – a woman who overdresses, or spends too much on clothes

TIZZLE
vb. 1825 Sc. – to toss, to throw or buffet about; to stir up, to turn over hay

TIZZLE-TAZZLE
n. 1957 Amer. dial. – a state of confusion, a tizzy

TIZZ-WOZZ
n. 1960 sl. – a state of agitation or restlessness

TIZZY
adj. 1. 1930s Aust. sl. – showily or flashily overdressed
adj. 2. 1930s Aust. sl. – of a person: ostentatious, showy, vulgar
adj. 3. 1930s Aust. sl. – of an object: flashy but cheaply manufactured
adj. 4. 1967 Amer. dial. – feeling unwell
n. 1. 1804 Brit. sl. – a sixpenny piece
n. 2. 1805 Sc. – a struggle, tussle, strenuous effort; a tiring or trying spell of work
n. 3. 1935 sl., orig. US – a state of agitation, restlessness, nervousness, confusion or dither for little reason; panic, a flap
vb. 1960s Aust. sl. – to titivate, to dress up in one’s finery
Etymology
– (n. 3.) unknown; possibly echoic of one’s rushing around
– (vb.) ? from titivate

TIZZYRINCTUM
n. 1989 Amer. dial. – spunk, confusion

TIZZY UP
vb. 1960s Aust. sl. – to titivate, to dress up in one’s finery
Etymology
– from titivate


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