from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lively; prancing; high-stepping.
- Shaky; unsteady; ticklish.
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.
‘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.