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Tittup

[TID-əp]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: British, late 18th century

1.

Move with jerky or exaggerated movements.

Examples of Tittup in a sentence

"The horse will tittup to his stall even after a long ride."

"Jim Carrey has tittuped his way through some of his most famous movie roles."

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About Tittup

This verb comes from the noun “tittup,” coined in the 1700s to describe the sound of a horse's hooves on the ground when moving between a trot and a gallop.

Did you Know?

“Tittup” was a term coined in the early 18th century to describe the specific sound a horse makes when moving between a canter (a controlled three-beat gait) and a gallop (a faster, four-beat variation of the same gait). Toward the end of the century, people began to use “tittup” as a verb to describe people who moved in an exaggerated fashion. Usage of the word became less common as horses became a less-favored mode of transportation.

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