titivate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v titivate make neat, smart, or trim "Spruce up your house for Spring","titivate the child"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • titivate To dress or spruce up; get or put into good trim; smarten, or smarten one's self.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i., v.t Titivate tit′i-vāt (slang) to smarten up, by dress or otherwise.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. a factitious word, perh. based on tidy.

Usage

In literature:

Last tip to titivate.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Let me go down and settle whilst you call in your black man and titivate a bit.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
You titivate yourself, and we'll dine at the Savoy, or anywhere you please.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
I'll give them half an hour's study whilst you wash up the tea things and titivate.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
She'll want to titivate a little.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
TITIVATE, TO; OR TITIVATE OFF TO THE NINES.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
One makes fun of his titivations, and admires nevertheless.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
She was two hours titivating herself.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Then he washed and titivated himself and walked down to the Kiddlywink.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I declare to you, sisters, if that woman had been going to a worldly party, she couldn't have been titivated off more than she was.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
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In poetry:

When you fear the barber’s mirror when you go to get a crop,
Or in sorrow every morning comb your hair across the top:
When you titivate and do the little things you never used—
It is close upon the season when your sins come home to roost.
"When Your Sins Come Home to Roost" by Henry Lawson