Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tit n.1

[despite SE teat/tit n.2 (1), ety. is onomat. term meaning anything small + Scand. dial. terms titta, a little girl, tita, a small fish etc.]

1. with ref. to horses.

(a) a small or half-grown horse [SE until c.1800].

[UK]W. Patten Expedicion to Scotland 41: He rode on a trottynge tyt well woorth a coople of shillynges.
[UK]‘Cambridg Libell’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 337: A tydie Titt with pedder’s fraight / To markett comes at lengthe.
[UK]Holinshed 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.
[UK]R. Brome Damoiselle II ii: My Mare Sir: ’Twas the prettiest Tit.
[UK]Citie Matrons 8: And for you [...] wee doe oblige one Titt, and two Cowes.
[UK]J. Denham Poems in Chalmers Eng. Poets VII (1810) 245: Being as worthy to sit On an ambling tit As thy predecessor Dory.
[UK]T. Shadwell Squire of Alsatia II ii: Poor titts, they wanten me dearly.
[UK]N. Ward London Spy V 114: We saw a parcel of Ragged Rapscallions, mounted upon Scrubbed Tits.
[UK]N. Ward 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.
[UK]Defoe Street Robberies Considered 34: Tit, a Horse.
[UK]‘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.
[UK]Spy on Mother Midnight 28: If a Man goes Hunting, he has a tight little Tit, fit for Action.
[UK]Sterne Tristram Shandy (1949) 65: He was resolved, for the time to come, to ride his tit with more sobriety.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) II 16: Or, if to meet his arm you dare, / The cart tits then shall be my care.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 315: He pull’d some hay, with which feasts / His tits.
[UK] ‘The Pleasures of Brighton’ Banquet of Thalia 3: Hollo! ma’am, keep your neddy out of the way of my tits.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 246: These little tits of mine, I’m sure, / Can trot eleven miles an hour.
[UK]G. Colman Yngr 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.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Bob Gregson ‘Ya-Hip, My Hearties!’ in Moore Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 80: I soon learn’d to patter flash / To curb the tits and tip the lash.
[UK]C.M. Westmacott Eng. Spy I 178: Ever since you rode the grey tit last, she’s never been out o’ stall.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 187: What daisy-cutter can match that black tit?
[Aus]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.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Era 10 Aug. 4/2: Az to ther young swell’s tit, Narcissus, take my wurd for, he’d nevver have wun if [etc.].
[UK]Dickens ‘Slang’ in Household Words 24 Sept. 75/2: A horse is a nag, a prad, a tit, a screw.
[UK]Derby Day 36: It’s my opinion [...] as Ascapart will win in a canter. There ain’t a tit as touch him.
[UK]C. Hindley 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.
[UK]F.W. Carew Autobiog. of a Gipsey 417: A blank tit shies at a Gipsy tent.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 198: Perhaps you’d like to have a look at the tit, sir.

(b) a coach horse.

[UK]Bob Gregson ‘Ya-Hip, My Hearties!’ in Moore Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 81: Some wonder, too, the tits that pull / This rum concern along, so full.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 222: Drives his empty mail with four prime tits.
[UK]Egan 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.
[UK]Comic Almanack Jan. 78: We don’t drive our own tits.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Nov. 48: I got a chaise, and a pair of fast tits to help me on the road home.
[Aus]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.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open 127: Tits, horses.
[UK]C. Hindley Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 5: At other times we used to turn out the tits into a grass field.
[UK]G.A. Sala in Living London (1883) June 208: The ‘four spanking tits’ with ‘streaming tails’ [...] did their work capitally.

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.

[UK]R. Barnfield 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.
[UK] Jonson Cynthia’s Revels Induction: I wonder that any man is so mad, to come to see these rascally tits play here.
[UK]Jonson Alchemist V v: Cream from Hogsden [...] That, every Sunday in Moorfields, the younkers, / And tits, and tomboys should have fed on, gratis.
[UK]R. Burton Anatomy of Melancholy (1850) 507: A vast virago or an ugly tit.
[UK]R. Brome Eng. Moor III iii: The devil is in these young Tits, / And wildfire in their Cruppers.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher 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.
[UK]R. Brome New Academy III i: For white-pots, pudding-pies, stew’d prunes, and Tansies. / To feast their Titts at Islington or Hogsden.
[UK]‘M.W.’ Marriage Broaker IV i: There dwells, Within that house, a prettie handsome Tit.
[UK]C. Cotton Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 78: Then let us all old Quarrels quit, / Leave being such a peevish Tit.
[UK]C. Cotton 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.
[UK]Behn Lucky Chance I iii: Hark ye, little wanton tit, I’ll steal up and catch ye and love ye, adod I will.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 693: Those whom Venus is said to rule, as punks, [...] tits, pure ones, concubines, convenients, cracks, drabs, trulls.
[UK]Farquhar Recruiting Officer III i: Look yonder, she’s a-coming this way: ’tis the prettiest, cleanest little tit!
[UK]W. King 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.
[UK]Vanbrugh & Cibber 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.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: tit [...] a young prim Lass.
[UK]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.
[UK]Foote The Minor 41: The black-ey’d girl [...] ’tis a merry little tit.
[UK]Only True and Exact Calendar title page: Madam Hopkins, from Drury-Lane, has brought us down to this Place, five of the finest Tits.
[Ire]J. O’Keeffe Fontainebleau in Dramatic Works (1798) II 268: A silly tit! to prefer the Colonel to such a tight lad as I!
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Odes of Importance’ Works (1794) III 205: [They] Through St. James’s street, the Park, Pall-Mall, Oft lead their lovely giggling Tits along.
[UK]Sporting Mag. May XX 119/2: ‘What’s the play, ma’am?’ said I to a good-natur’d tit.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Tit [...] a pretty little tit, a smart little girl.
[UK] ‘The New Marriage Act’ Universal Songster I 29/1: Young boarding-school misses, those innocent tits.
[UK]J. Mills Old Eng. Gentleman (1847) 217: If you’re not off in a twinklin’, I’ll have you shopped, my painted tit.
[UK] ‘Lady Pokingham’ Pearl 10 Apr. 31: I’ll suck your spendings for you, my beautiful randy little tit.
[UK]E. Pugh Spoilers 55: What sort of a body is yours to worship a young tit like her with?
[US]C. McKay Gingertown 11: I was a tiny tit when I started in on the stage with mah big sister.
[UK]H.E. Bates My Uncle Silas 170: You interferin’ old tit!
[Ire]P. Boyle At Night All Cats Are Grey 37: ‘Listen here, me young tit,’ he said, addressing the swaying rump-filled skirt.
[US]R. De Christoforo 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.

[UK]Farquhar Beaux’ Strategem I i: As to our hearts, I grant ye, they are as willing tits as any within twenty degrees.
[UK]E. Pugh Spoilers 7: I’ve seen myself a size bigger ’n life, sittin’ wi’ the nobs an’ tits in Rotten Row.

4. the vagina.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1239/2: C.18–early 20.

In compounds

tit-bit (n.)

1. the vagina.

[UK]Bridges 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.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 160: [as cit. 1762].
[UK]‘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.
[UK] ‘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.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) 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.

3. (also tid-bit) a young woman.

[UK]Foote The Minor 47: I have a tid bit at home, will suit your stomach. Never brush’d by a beard.
[UK]Nancy Dawson’s Jests 36: From the luscious tit bit to the bouncing jack whore, / From the bunters in rags to the gay pompadore.
[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 15: Gallop, whip, and spur for the matrimonial plate of of my dear tit-bit, Lady Touchwood.
[UK]Foote Capuchin in Works (1799) II 401: A fine girl, as I live! too nice a tid-bit for an apprentice.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Jan. V 224/1: I always suspected the rogue had an eye / To a little tit-bit.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.
[UK]N. Nye Breed of the Chaparral (1949) 99: That blue-eyed tidbit belongs to me.

4. (US) an ineffectual person.

[US]Colton & Randolph 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.

[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Daughter of Murder’ Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] The moonlight kissed her perkily mounded tidbits through the gossamer brassiere.
tit-man (n.)

a carter.

[UK]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.

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