Tittivate
Titivate Tit"i*vate, Tittivate Tit"ti*vate, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Titivated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Titivating}.] [Formed from an uncertain source, in imitation of words in -ate fr. L.] To dress or smarten up; to spruce. -- {Tit`i*va"tion}, {Tit`ti*va"tion}, n. [Both Humorous]

``Come here, an' let me titivate you.'' He sat down beside her, and submitted to be dusted. --Quiller-Couch. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • tittivate — [tit′ə vāt΄] vt., vi. tittivated, tittivating var. of TITIVATE …   English World dictionary

  • tittivate — verb see titivate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tittivate — tittivation, n. tittivator, n. /tit euh vayt /, v.t., v.i., tittivated, tittivating. titivate1. * * * …   Universalium

  • tittivate — verb ; to spruce up. Didnt you see how Joe had been tittivating [...]? The Woman at the Store , from Selected Short Stories by Katherine Mansfield (first published in 1912) …   Wiktionary

  • tittivate — v. dress up, adorn …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tittivate — tit•ti•vate [[t]ˈtɪt əˌveɪt[/t]] v. t. v. i. vat•ed, vat•ing titivate …   From formal English to slang

  • tittivate — /ˈtɪtəveɪt/ (say tituhvayt) verb (t), verb (i) (tittivated, tittivating) → titivate …   Australian English dictionary

  • tittivate — var. of TITIVATE …   Useful english dictionary

  • titivate tittivate — verb (I, T) informal to make yourself pretty or tidy titivation / tIti veISFn/ noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • slick up — verb 1. make neat, smart, or trim Spruce up your house for Spring titivate the child • Syn: ↑spruce up, ↑spruce, ↑titivate, ↑tittivate, ↑smarten up, ↑spiff up …   Useful english dictionary

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