from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of titivate.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Improbably, the result was worth it: The titivated Jumbo was so lifelike that he looked ready to charge at spectators—and, presumably, he still would, had his artificial hide not caught fire and burned him to a crisp in 1972.

    Wildlife Without Life

  • The short-trousered one has, in a glittering foreign service career so far, angered India, gravely insulted the Poles and apparently sexually titivated the wife of Bill Clinton, another man with banana syndrome. barbara

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Speakers' Corner has recently been titivated to look more like a garden and it must be a concern that this sacred spot will be lost to us because of a bunch of commercially minded, gentrifying bureaucrats and some simpering talk about the kiddies' Christmas outing.

    Speakers' Corner tradition is under threat

  • This floral extravaganza, splashed across the green canvas of a meadow, has been shaped and coloured, magnified and titivated by the past choices made by animal eyes: bee eyes, butterfly eyes, hoverfly eyes.


  • She manicured her hands, titivated her hair, scented her eyebrows, smoothed her lips, put on no rouge, and the merest dusting of powder, save where the seaside sun had stained her neck.

    Swan Song

  • Hudson, nodding at the little pile he had left on her desk while she titivated herself for her own dinner.

    Two Weeks To Remember

  • Ted had got the girls 'room upstairs, and Dad and Mum had titivated up the big old room for me, colourwashed it and all when they heard I was coming home; they'd gone to a lot of trouble over it, working at it over the week-end.


  • He was reluctantly taking his turn on the family egg while Mrs. Daisy stretched and titivated herself after her domestic labours.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, March 19, 1919

  • Oh! I did not do it by halves; I titivated myself up a bit, and went out and sold my spoons and forks and buckles for six hundred francs; then I went to old Daddy Gobseck, and sold a year’s interest in my annuity for four hundred francs down.

    Paras. 1500–1599

  • Well, sir, we went off in a party and knocked up old Peter, and got a pot of paint, and titivated No. 67 by the light of a couple of lanterns; and the Bishop -- as we came to call him -- sleeping the sleep of the just upstairs all the time.

    Wandering Heath


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.