- to the time that or when; until.
- before (used in negative constructions).
Origin of till1
- to cultivate the soil.
Origin of till2
- a drawer, box, or the like, as in a shop or bank, in which money is kept.
- a drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet or chest, for keeping valuables.
- an arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes, as on a desk top.
Origin of till3
- Geology. glacial drift consisting of an unassorted mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
- a stiff clay.
Origin of till4
Examples from the Web for till
Called by the hoity toity term of nasal insufflation, this method was used by some in Asia till a few hundred years ago.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
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If boys agree to marry only when they are 21, then young girls will not get proposals from them till they are of the legal age.The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms
September 18, 2014
After all, is it stronger and more effective to till a large field alone, or with a team of fellow human beings alongside you?We're Talking About Depression All Wrong
August 20, 2014
Titanic sat in the rear of the room, twisting his fingers nervously, till he was called.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
The mantle would fall on my shoulders and I would carry it till a younger Jewish-American would take over.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
Yes, dearest Philothea; but not till she had first told me of her own marriage with Geta.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Boy, they be not due to you till you be come to years of discretion.
As for me, not a foot will I budge, till I have seen thee empty that bowl.
They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She had her duty to perform, and she expected to be taken care of till it was done.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- Also (not standard): 'til short for until
- Scot to; towards
- dialect in order thatcome here till I tell you
- to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
- another word for plough
- a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register
- an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay
Word Origin and History for till
"until," Old English til (Northumbrian), from Old Norse til "to, until," from Proto-Germanic *tilan (cf. Danish til, Old Frisian til "to, till," Gothic tils "convenient," German Ziel "limit, end, goal"). A common preposition in Scandinavian, probably originally the accusative case of a noun now lost except for Icelandic tili "scope," the noun used to express aim, direction, purpose (e.g. aldrtili "death," literally "end of life"). Also cf. German Ziel "end, limit, point aimed at, goal," and compare till (v.).
"cultivate (land)" (early 13c.), "plow" (late 14c.), from Old English tilian "tend, work at, get by labor," originally "strive after," related to till "fixed point, goal," and til "good, suitable," from Proto-Germanic *tilojanan (cf. Old Frisian tilia "to get, cultivate," Old Saxon tilian "to obtain," Middle Dutch, Dutch telen "to breed, raise, cultivate, cause," Old High German zilon "to strive," German zielen "to aim, strive"), from source of till (prep.). Related: Tilled; tilling.
"cashbox," mid-15c., from Anglo-French tylle "compartment," Old French tille "compartment, shelter on a ship," probably from Old Norse þilja "plank, floorboard," from Proto-Germanic *theljon. The other theory is that the word is from Middle English tillen "to draw," from Old English -tyllan (see toll (v.)), with a sense evolution as in drawer (see draw).
- An unstratified, unconsolidated mass of boulders, pebbles, sand, and mud deposited by the movement or melting of a glacier. The size and shape of the sediments that constitute till vary widely.
Idioms and Phrases with till
In addition to the subsequent idioms beginning with till
- till all hours
- till hell freezes over
- till the cows come home
- hand in the till