1. (also tantwivy) imitative of the sound of a hunting horn.
|Jovial Crew IV i: And Tantivy all the country over, where Hunting, Hawking, or any Sport is to be made.|
|Aesop II i: aesop: To Boot and Saddle again they found. ro.: Ta ra! tan tan ra ra! [...] Tantive Tantive Tantive.|
|Eng. Poets XI (1810) 463/2: Now slowly move your fiddle-stick; Now, tantan, tantantivi, quick.‘Cantata 1’ in Chalmers|
|Songs Comic and Satyrical 185: The Sportsman arous’d when the Horn harks away, / Shrill echo Tantwivy repeating.‘The Bottle’|
|Songs of the Chace 97: Tantivee, tivee, tivee, tivee, high and low, / Hark how the merry, merry horn does blow.|
2. (also tantivy boy) a nickname given to the post-Restoration High Churchmen and Tories, esp. in the reigns of Charles II (1660–85) and James II (1685–8); also adj.
|Works (1709) I 3: Good Mr. Tantivee, be not so fierce, you know you promis’d to wink at me, if I would pay you six-pence a Quarter, over and above my Tythes.Hist. Whiggism in|
|‘The Whigs’ Litany for St. Omer’s’ in Roxburghe Ballads (1885) V:1 192: From the Tantivy and the Tory, / Who may not live till they be hoary / [...] / Libera nos Domine!|
|Pantagruelian Prognostications (1927) II 694: Swaggering huff-snuffs, bouncing bullies, [...] tory-rory rakes and tantivy boys.(trans.)|
|Humours of a Coffee-House 9 Jan. 87: When he have occasion for a Tantivee Hangman, we’ll send for your Friend Mr. Lesley.|
|Journal to Stella (1901) 312: He says that an ambitious tantivy, missing of his towering hopes of preferment in Ireland is come over to vent his spleen on the late Ministry, etc. I’ll tantivy him with a vengeance.letter xxxii 10 Oct.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 286: Now, now the Tories all shall stoop, [...] And Whigs on Commonwealth get up, / To Tap the good old cause: / Tantivy-boys shall all go down.|
|Royal Cornwall Gaz. 15 Mar. n.p.: as 1834.|
|(con. late 17C)Essays, ‘Comic Dramatists of the Restoration’ n.p.: Collier... was a Tory of the highest sort, such as in the cant of his age was called a tantivy [F&H].|
|Lorna Doone (1923) 287: They talked so much about Birminghams, and Tantivies, and Whigs, and Tories, and Protestant flails.|