1. with ref. to horses.
(a) a small or half-grown horse [SE until c.1800].
|Expedicion to Scotland 41: He rode on a trottynge tyt well woorth a coople of shillynges.|
|‘Cambridg Libell’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 337: A tydie Titt with pedder’s fraight / To markett comes at lengthe.|
|Irish Chronicle 38: A nagge or the hackney is very good for traueiling [...] And if he be broken accordingly you shall haue a little titte that will traueyle a whole daie without any bayt.|
|Damoiselle II ii: My Mare Sir: ’Twas the prettiest Tit.|
|Citie Matrons 8: And for you [...] wee doe oblige one Titt, and two Cowes.|
|Eng. Poets VII (1810) 245: Being as worthy to sit On an ambling tit As thy predecessor Dory.Poems in Chalmers|
|Squire of Alsatia II ii: Poor titts, they wanten me dearly.|
|London Spy V 114: We saw a parcel of Ragged Rapscallions, mounted upon Scrubbed Tits.|
|Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 75: Any likely Bubble hankring about any of their Tits, then down steps a Member, and [...] takes a wonderful liking to the same Beast.|
|Street Robberies Considered 34: Tit, a Horse.|
|‘The Beau Monde’ in London Misc. 3: There’s your Cits that have their Tits, / In Finsbury so sweet. / But costlier Tits they keep, God wot! / In Bond and Poultney-Street.|
|Spy on Mother Midnight 28: If a Man goes Hunting, he has a tight little Tit, fit for Action.|
|Tristram Shandy (1949) 65: He was resolved, for the time to come, to ride his tit with more sobriety.|
|Homer Travestie (1764) II 16: Or, if to meet his arm you dare, / The cart tits then shall be my care.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 315: He pull’d some hay, with which feasts / His tits.|
|‘The Pleasures of Brighton’ Banquet of Thalia 3: Hollo! ma’am, keep your neddy out of the way of my tits.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 246: These little tits of mine, I’m sure, / Can trot eleven miles an hour.|
|Poor Gentleman III i: If you have a tumble-down tit, send him to the vicar, to give him a chance of breaking his neck.|
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 80: I soon learn’d to patter flash / To curb the tits and tip the lash.‘Ya-Hip, My Hearties!’ in Moore|
|Eng. Spy I 178: Ever since you rode the grey tit last, she’s never been out o’ stall.|
|(con. 1737–9) Rookwood (1857) 187: What daisy-cutter can match that black tit?|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 16 Oct. 1/2: Alas for the coaches and the coachmen; for the box, and the ribbons and the trotting tits.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Era 10 Aug. 4/2: Az to ther young swell’s tit, Narcissus, take my wurd for, he’d nevver have wun if [etc.].|
|Household Words 24 Sept. 75/2: A horse is a nag, a prad, a tit, a screw.‘Slang’ in|
|Derby Day 36: It’s my opinion [...] as Ascapart will win in a canter. There ain’t a tit as touch him.|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 33: I could not carry a ‘help,’ as that would have increased the load of my tit too much.|
|Autobiog. of a Gipsey 417: A blank tit shies at a Gipsy tent.|
|Cockney At Home 198: Perhaps you’d like to have a look at the tit, sir.|
(b) a coach horse.
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 81: Some wonder, too, the tits that pull / This rum concern along, so full.‘Ya-Hip, My Hearties!’ in Moore|
|Real Life in London I 222: Drives his empty mail with four prime tits.|
|Bk of Sports 4: His tits, as fine as stars, possessing the qualities of race horses for speed, blood, and bone, with harness tasteful in the extreme.|
|Comic Almanack Jan. 78: We don’t drive our own tits.|
|Sporting Mag. Nov. 48: I got a chaise, and a pair of fast tits to help me on the road home.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 5 Sept. 2/5: The beast was [...] furiously scurrying his mangy tits to the imminent peril of the equestrians and pedestrians.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 127: Tits, horses.|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 5: At other times we used to turn out the tits into a grass field.|
|Living London (1883) June 208: The ‘four spanking tits’ with ‘streaming tails’ [...] did their work capitally.in|
2. a girl or woman, esp. in derog. or generic use, e.g. a tasty bit of tit, but also as a term of affection, often as little tit.
|Hellen’s Rape 2: Thus he spake to intice the minde of a lecherous young-man: / But what spurres need now, for an untam’d Titt to be trotting.|
|Jonson Cynthia’s Revels Induction: I wonder that any man is so mad, to come to see these rascally tits play here.|
|Alchemist V v: Cream from Hogsden [...] That, every Sunday in Moorfields, the younkers, / And tits, and tomboys should have fed on, gratis.|
|Anatomy of Melancholy (1850) 507: A vast virago or an ugly tit.|
|Eng. Moor III iii: The devil is in these young Tits, / And wildfire in their Cruppers.|
|Wit Without Money IV i: That wench, I think it is [...] so made a ladder for her wit to climbe upon, for tis the tartest tit in Christendome.|
|New Academy III i: For white-pots, pudding-pies, stew’d prunes, and Tansies. / To feast their Titts at Islington or Hogsden.|
|Marriage Broaker IV i: There dwells, Within that house, a prettie handsome Tit.|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 78: Then let us all old Quarrels quit, / Leave being such a peevish Tit.|
|Scoffer Scoff’d (1765) 267: And if the little wanton Tit / But saw thee once, I’m sure of it, / She would both Home and Husband quit.|
|Lucky Chance I iii: Hark ye, little wanton tit, I’ll steal up and catch ye and love ye, adod I will.|
|Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 693: Those whom Venus is said to rule, as punks, [...] tits, pure ones, concubines, convenients, cracks, drabs, trulls.(trans.)|
|Recruiting Officer III i: Look yonder, she’s a-coming this way: ’tis the prettiest, cleanest little tit!|
|York Spy 44: An old Maiden-head Broker came out, Gentlemen, said he, pray walk in, I have as bonny a Tit came last Night, as any in Town, I’ll let her out for Twelve pence a Stage.|
|Provoked Husband IV i: If I don’t keep a tight Hand on my Tit here, she’ll run away with my Project before I can bring it to bear.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: tit [...] a young prim Lass.|
|Spy on Mother Midnight 28: If a Man goes Hunting, he has a tight little Tit, fit for Action, that can ride up Hill and down Hill, backwards and forwards and every way.|
|The Minor 41: The black-ey’d girl [...] ’tis a merry little tit.|
|Only True and Exact Calendar title page: Madam Hopkins, from Drury-Lane, has brought us down to this Place, five of the finest Tits.|
|Fontainebleau in Dramatic Works (1798) II 268: A silly tit! to prefer the Colonel to such a tight lad as I!|
|Works (1794) III 205: [They] Through St. James’s street, the Park, Pall-Mall, Oft lead their lovely giggling Tits along.‘Odes of Importance’|
|Sporting Mag. May XX 119/2: ‘What’s the play, ma’am?’ said I to a good-natur’d tit.|
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Tit [...] a pretty little tit, a smart little girl.|
|‘The New Marriage Act’ Universal Songster I 29/1: Young boarding-school misses, those innocent tits.|
|Old Eng. Gentleman (1847) 217: If you’re not off in a twinklin’, I’ll have you shopped, my painted tit.|
|‘Lady Pokingham’ Pearl 10 Apr. 31: I’ll suck your spendings for you, my beautiful randy little tit.|
|Spoilers 55: What sort of a body is yours to worship a young tit like her with?|
|Gingertown 11: I was a tiny tit when I started in on the stage with mah big sister.|
|My Uncle Silas 170: You interferin’ old tit!|
|At Night All Cats Are Grey 37: ‘Listen here, me young tit,’ he said, addressing the swaying rump-filled skirt.|
|Grease 72: It ain’t no shit ya know, I’ll be gettin’ lots of tit [...] The chicks are gonna cream for Greased Lightnin’.|
3. generic for a person of either sex.
|Beaux’ Strategem I i: As to our hearts, I grant ye, they are as willing tits as any within twenty degrees.|
|Spoilers 7: I’ve seen myself a size bigger ’n life, sittin’ wi’ the nobs an’ tits in Rotten Row.|
4. the vagina.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1239/2: C.18–early 20.|
1. the vagina.
|Homer Travestie (1764) I 180: If Paris cannot live without / A tit bit, you yourself may do’t; / Be you his loving wench or wife.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 160: [as cit. 1762].|
|‘John Thomas & Peggy Perkins’ in Flash Olio in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 185: John Thomas, so accomplish’d, had of chatting got the knack, / That of any lady, if he chose, he could please in a crack: / Peggy Perkins took his taste so much, [...] / That she used now and then to treat him — with a nice tit-bit.|
|‘Sub-Umbra, or Sport among the She-Noodles’ Pearl 6 Dec. 2: Her touches, together with the thoughts of the delicious titbit I was about to enjoy, caused me to spend in a moment all over her fingers.|
2. the penis.
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 44: Another again [would call it] her branch of coral, her placket-racket, her Cyprian sceptre, her tit-bit, her bob-lady.(trans.)|
3. (also tid-bit) a young woman.
|The Minor 47: I have a tid bit at home, will suit your stomach. Never brush’d by a beard.|
|Nancy Dawson’s Jests 36: From the luscious tit bit to the bouncing jack whore, / From the bunters in rags to the gay pompadore.|
|Belle’s Stratagem 15: Gallop, whip, and spur for the matrimonial plate of of my dear tit-bit, Lady Touchwood.|
|Capuchin in Works (1799) II 401: A fine girl, as I live! too nice a tid-bit for an apprentice.|
|Sporting Mag. Jan. V 224/1: I always suspected the rogue had an eye / To a little tit-bit.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|Breed of the Chaparral (1949) 99: That blue-eyed tidbit belongs to me.|
4. (US) an ineffectual person.
|Rain II 127: You want another scalp to hand to the Lord. Well, you don’t get mine, old tit-bit!|
5. (US , also tid-bit) the female breast.
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] The moonlight kissed her perkily mounded tidbits through the gossamer brassiere.‘Daughter of Murder’|
|Worcs. Chron. 12 Nov. 4/1: We have just touched for a rattling stake of sugar (i.e. a large stake of money) at Brum of a titman while he was getting on his prod.|
(UK Und.) a stolen horse.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
a pleasant companion.
|cited in DSUE (1984).|
a complaisant woman.
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: willing tit [...] a coming Girl.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|