titi

1
[tee-tee]

Origin of titi

1
1820–30, Americanism; < American Spanish

titi

2
[tee-tee, tahy-tahy]
noun, plural ti·tis.
  1. a shrub or small tree of the southern U.S., Cliftonia monophylla (black titi), having glossy leaves and elongated clusters of fragrant white flowers.

Origin of titi

2
First recorded in 1820–30; origin uncertain
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Contemporary Examples of titi

Historical Examples of titi

  • But with all there was a mixture of regret when they thought of the fate of little “titi.”

  • During the night Piatte and Titi were marched into the place.

    Trooper 3809

    Lionel Decle

  • Fortunately, the Captain had disappeared, and Titi soon came to my relief.

    Trooper 3809

    Lionel Decle

  • She was Titi's charger, and he alone was able to manage her, so I sent a trooper to call him to help me.

    Trooper 3809

    Lionel Decle

  • So saying, he took a long pull at the flask which Titi had handed over to him.

    Trooper 3809

    Lionel Decle


British Dictionary definitions for titi

titi

1
noun plural -tis
  1. any of several small omnivorous New World monkeys of the genus Callicebus, of South America, having long beautifully coloured fur and a long nonprehensile tail

Word Origin for titi

via Spanish from Aymaran, literally: little cat

titi

2
noun plural -tis
  1. any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the family Cyrillaceae of the southern US, esp the leatherwood and Cliftonia monophylla, which has white or pinkish fragrant flowers

Word Origin for titi

C19: of American Indian origin

titi

3
noun plural titi
  1. NZ the sooty shearwater, Puffinus griseusSee muttonbird (def. 1)

Word Origin for titi

Māori, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for titi

1832, from native name in Tupi.

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