Origin of atilt

First recorded in 1555–65; a-1 + tilt1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for atilt

Historical Examples of atilt

  • Father,” she began, atilt on the arm of his chair, “should you like to buy this house yourself?

  • You purposely prolong his suspense; he is all atilt, expecting the delightful surprise.

British Dictionary definitions for atilt


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
  1. in a tilted or inclined position
  2. archaic in or as if in a joust
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Word Origin and History for atilt

1560s, from a- (1) + tilt (n.).

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