[ tit-uh p ]
/ ˈtɪt əp /
Chiefly British


an exaggerated prancing, bouncing movement or manner of moving.

verb (used without object), tit·tuped, tit·tup·ing or (especially British) tit·tupped, tit·tup·ping.

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 forms

tit·tup·py, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tittup


/ (ˈtɪtəp) /

verb -tups, -tupping or -tupped or US -tups, -tuping or -tuped

(intr) to prance or frolic


a caper
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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