[ uh-tilt ]

adjective, adverb
  1. with a tilt or inclination; tilted: Hold the bottle slightly atilt.

  2. with the lance in hand in tilting.

Origin of atilt

First recorded in 1555–65; a-1 + tilt1

Words Nearby atilt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use atilt in a sentence

  • In other villages the shawled women sat knitting behind piles of beets and cabbages and apples, their farm-carts atilt in the sun.

    A Traveller in War-Time | Winston Churchill
  • We will swear a truce of God, neither shall run atilt at the other's convictions until he is invited to do so.

    Grey Town | Gerald Baldwin
  • They spread themselves about and keep alternate watch, and, lying along the grass, drink deep and set brazen bowls atilt.

  • At any hour of the forenoon you could see the rows of porkmen sitting on chairs atilt on the flags.

  • But he had to stop to sing atilt of an elder stem before he could go on to tell his spouse about them.

    A-Birding on a Bronco | Florence A. Merriam

British Dictionary definitions for atilt


/ (əˈtɪlt) /

adverb, adjective(postpositive)
  1. in a tilted or inclined position

  2. archaic in or as if in a joust

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