- to make smart or spruce: She titivated her old dress with a new belt.
- to make oneself smart or spruce.
Origin of titivate1
Origin of titivate2
Related Words for titivateprompt, inspire, stir, incite, motivate, induce, generate, inflame, elicit, arouse, galvanize, kindle, precipitate, cause, instigate, tidy, primp, clothe, attire, embellish
Examples from the Web for titivate
Historical Examples of titivate
You titivate yourself, and we'll dine at the Savoy, or anywhere you please.Tales of the Five Towns
I'll give them half an hour's study whilst you wash up the tea things and titivate.Mrs. Warren's Daughter
Sir Harry Johnston
They said that when he saw the shearers coming he'd say, "Run and titivate yourself, Mary; here comes the shearers!"Children of the Bush
Gravely and calmly he draws brushes and so on from a receptacle under the box-seat, and commences to titivate himself.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Let me go down and settle whilst you call in your black man and titivate a bit.The Virginians
William Makepeace Thackeray
- to smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair, etc
- (tr) to smarten up (a thing)to titivate a restaurant
Word Origin for titivate
1805, perhaps from tidy with a quasi-Latin ending.