Origin of tantivy

First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain
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tantivy

/ (tænˈtɪvɪ) /

adverb

at full speed; rapidly

noun

plural -tivies a hunting cry, esp at full gallop

interjection

a hunting cry, esp at full gallop

Word Origin for tantivy

C17: perhaps imitative of galloping hooves
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