tittivate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tittivate make neat, smart, or trim "Spruce up your house for Spring","titivate the child"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tittivate See titivate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i., v.t Tittivate (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:

If you wants to be tittivated, you must pay accordin'.
"Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit" by Charles Dickens
Mrs. Buzza, "tittivating" at the mirror, heard the stir, and, presentient of evil, rushed down-stairs.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They hold up to the light, they tittivate, they muse and they adorn.
"Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918" by Charles Edward Callwell
If they excused her for half a second this would give her sufficient space to tittivate and smarten up.
"Love at Paddington" by W. Pett Ridge
Their wives have gone upstairs to tittivate themselves.
"Mushroom Town" by Oliver Onions
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