Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lively; prancing; high-stepping.
- Shaky; unsteady; ticklish.
‘Tittuppy’ comes from ‘tittup,’ to act in a lively or impatient manner; a lively movement or gait. ‘Tittup’ is perhaps imitative of the sound of horse’s hooves. The first recorded usage of ‘tittuppy’ is in Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey.
“Did you ever see such a little tittuppy thing in your life?”
“Here came ‘Old Mont,’ tittuppy, and light in the head as ever, no doubt.”
“Now, though a good rider, Kate was a remarkably careless whip; and rattling through the town, the ponies shied at something, or nothing, swerved into a cart, and upset the tittuppy little trap in a moment.”