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tantivy

[tan-tiv-ee]
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adverb
  1. at full gallop: to ride tantivy.
adjective
  1. swift; rapid.
noun, plural tan·tiv·ies.
  1. a gallop; rush
interjection
  1. (used as a hunting cry when the chase is at full speed.)

Origin of tantivy

First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for tantivy

Historical Examples

  • My father may grumble over his beer jugs, but he's a Churchman and a Tantivy for all that.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Let the steam-pot hiss till it's hot, Give me the speed of the Tantivy trot.

    Tom Brown at Rugby

    Thomas Hughes

  • Littlebath, among the Tantivy hills, would be the very place for her.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

  • Never shall I forget an adventure that occurred to me on the box of the far-famed "Tantivy."

  • The words sound as though they would go best with a hunting-tune, a sort of “Heigh-ho, tantivy!”


British Dictionary definitions for tantivy

tantivy

adverb
  1. at full speed; rapidly
noun
  1. plural -tivies a hunting cry, esp at full gallop
interjection
  1. a hunting cry, esp at full gallop

Word Origin

C17: perhaps imitative of galloping hooves
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