Tester Tes"ter, n. [For testern, teston, fr. F. teston, fr. OF. teste the head, the head of the king being impressed upon the coin. See {Tester} a covering, and cf. {Testone}, {Testoon}.] An old French silver coin, originally of the value of about eighteen pence, subsequently reduced to ninepence, and later to sixpence, sterling. Hence, in modern English slang, a sixpence; -- often contracted to {tizzy}. Called also {teston}. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • tizzy — 1935, Amer.Eng. colloquial, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to slang tizzy sixpence piece (1804), a corruption of tester, a name for the coin (see TESTER (Cf. tester) (2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tizzy — UK [ˈtɪzɪ] / US or tizz UK [tɪz] / US noun in a tizzy …   English dictionary

  • tizzy — (also tizz) ► NOUN (pl. tizzies) informal ▪ a state of nervous excitement or agitation. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • tizzy — ☆ tizzy [tiz′ē ] n. pl. tizzies [< ?] Informal a state of frenzied excitement, esp. over some trivial matter …   English World dictionary

  • tizzy — [[t]tɪ̱zi[/t]] PHRASE: v link PHR, PHR after v If you get in a tizzy or into a tizzy, you get excited, worried, or nervous about something, especially something that is not important. [INFORMAL] He was in a right tizzy, muttering and swearing...… …   English dictionary

  • tizzy — [“tizi] n. a state of confusion. (See also twit.) □ The kind of tizzy that this place gets into drives me up the wall. □ The office was in a tizzy when I left …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • tizzy — tiz|zy [ˈtızi] n also tizz [tız] [singular] informal in a tizzy feeling worried, nervous, and confused …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tizzy — tiz|zy [ tızi ] or tizz [ tız ] noun in a tizzy INFORMAL feeling very nervous or confused …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tizzy — the coolest; the best of the best Man that shirt is tizzy! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • tizzy — the coolest; the best of the best Man that shirt is tizzy! …   Dictionary of american slang

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