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Sunday, October 22, 2000

Definitions for titivate

  1. To make decorative additions to; spruce.
  2. To make oneself smart or spruce.

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Citations for titivate
It's easy to laugh at a book in which the heroine's husband says to her, "You look beautiful," and then adds, "So stop titivating yourself." Joyce Cohen, New York Times
In The Idle Class, when Chaplin is titivating in a hotel room, the cloth on his dressing table rides up and down, caught in the same furious gusts. Peter Conrad, Modern Times, Modern Places
Origin of titivate
1795-1805
Titivate is perhaps from tidy + the quasi-Latin ending -vate. When the word originally came into the language, it was written tidivate or tiddivate. The noun form is titivation.