[tit-uh p]Chiefly British
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verb (used without object), tit·tuped, tit·tup·ing or (especially British) tit·tupped, tit·tup·ping.
  1. to move, especially to walk, in an exaggerated prancing or bouncing way, as a spirited horse.

Origin of tittup

1695–1705; dial. tit a jerk, twitch (Middle English titte) + (gall)op
Related formstit·tup·py, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tittup


verb -tups, -tupping or -tupped or US -tups, -tuping or -tuped
  1. (intr) to prance or frolic
  1. a caper
  2. the sound made by high-heeled shoes

Word Origin for tittup

C18 (in the sense: a horse's gallop): probably imitative
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