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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

tittup

\TIT-uhp\ , noun;
1.
an exaggerated prancing, bouncing movement or manner of moving.
verb:
1.
to move, especially to walk, in an exaggerated prancing or bouncing way, as a spirited horse.
Quotes:
Now and again three donkeys would start, urged from behind, and slowly tittup their burdens along the pond's margin.
-- John Galsworthy, The White Monkey, 1924
She heard him tittup down the stairs, grope for his shoes in the dark, and creep from the house.
-- Daphne du Maurier, Mary Anne, 1954
Origin:
Tittup came to English in the 1600s from the imitative sound of a horse's feet hitting the ground.
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