I. noun Etymology: imitative of the sound of a horse's hooves Date: 1703 lively, gay, or restless behavior II. intransitive verb (-tupped or -tuped; -tupping or -tuping) Date: 1785 to move in a lively manner often with an exaggerated or affected action

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  • Tittup — Tit tup, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tittuped}or {Tittupped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tittuping} or {Tittupping}.] [Written also {titup}.] [Cf. {Teeter}.] To behave or move in a lively or restless manner, as an impatient horse; to caper; to prance; to frisk.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tittup — Tit tup, n. The act of tittuping; lively, gay, or restless behavior or gait; a prance or caper. [Written also {titup}.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tittup — [tit′əp] n. [prob. echoic of hoofbeats] a lively movement; frolicsome behavior; frisk; caper vi. tittuped or tittupped, tittuping or tittupping to move in a frolicsome or prancing way; caper …   English World dictionary

  • tittup — tittuppy, adj. /tit euhp/, n., v., tittuped, tittuping or (esp. Brit.) tittupped, tittupping. Chiefly Brit. n. 1. an exaggerated prancing, bouncing movement or manner of moving. v.i. 2. to move, esp. to walk, in an exaggerated prancing or… …   Universalium

  • tittup — 1. noun a caper 2. verb To prance or frolic …   Wiktionary

  • tittup — [ tɪtəp] verb (tittups, tittuping or tittupping, tittuped or tittupped) chiefly Brit. (in horse riding) proceed with jerky or exaggerated movements. Origin C17 (asnoun): perh. imitative of hoof beats …   English new terms dictionary

  • tittup — tit·tup …   English syllables

  • tittup — tit•tup [[t]ˈtɪt əp[/t]] n. v. tuped, tup•ing (esp. brit.) tupped, tup•ping 1) brit. exaggerated prancing, bouncing movement 2) brit. to move in an exaggerated prancing way • Etymology: 1695–1705; dial. tit a jerk, twitch (ME titte) + (gall) op… …   From formal English to slang

  • tittup — /ˈtɪtəp/ (say tituhp) noun 1. a prancing movement; a curvet. –verb (i) (tittupped, tittupping) 2. to go with an up and down movement; prance; caper. {British dialect tit pull + up} …   Australian English dictionary

  • tittup —   v.i. prance …   Dictionary of difficult words

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