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Origin of tantivy

First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain; possibly onomatopoeic, representing the sound of horses galloping
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How to use tantivy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tantivy

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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