from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. New England & Upstate New York A runt, especially one of a litter of pigs.
- n. New England & Upstate New York A small person. See Regional Note at tit1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The runt of a litter
- n. A short person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The smallest and weakest of a litter of pigs, puppies, or the like; a runt. [New Eng.] —2. Hence a man who is stunted, physically and mentally.
I always thought a "titman" was guy who liked boobs, much in the same way some men are "assmen."
Tit and titman are still used in New England, mostly by farmers to refer to the runt of a litter of pigs.
A titman in the 19th century could mean a small or stunted person, as Henry David Thoreau indicates when he calls his generation “a race of tit-men.”
"Oh! my brave, my generous deliverer!" said she, as she sprang towards him. — "Why how in the name of St. Patrick, came you here, miss?" said he, "and och, as sure as I’m my own mother’s son, if you have not killed the titman peg! poor little bit of a beast, how it lies there, with not a bit of breath in its body!"
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