Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tilter n.

[SE tilter, one who takes part in a joust or tournament]

a rapier, a sword.

[UK]Witts Recreations Epigram No. 543: Prethee who is that, That wears yon green feather in his Hat, Like to some Tilter? sure it is some Knight.
[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia II ii: Here’s a porker! here’s a tilter! Ha, ha! Oh how I could whip a prigster thro’ the lungs.
[UK]N. Ward ‘The Poet’s Ramble after Riches’ in Writings (1704) 17: My Obsolete Accoutrements / [...] / I then put on, my Tilter Hanging.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Tilter a sword.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 102: I [...] fled to the Watch, whither my greasy Carrier followed me with his rusty Tilter.
[UK]G. Stevens ‘A Cant Song’ Muses Delight 177: As I derick’d along to doss on my kin / Young Molly the fro-file I touted, / She’d nail’d a rum codger of tilter and nab, / But in filing his tatler was routed.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.