One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbtittupping, tittups, tittuping, tittupped, tittupedBritish
no object, with adverbial of direction Move with jerky or exaggerated movements.‘Nicky came tittupping along in a rakish mood’
- ‘But the crane can also be read, and was meant to be read, as a Parisienne tittuping along the streets in search of adventure.’
- ‘Decked-out in plenitude of bling and leather, the models tittuped and slunk down the runway.’
- ‘He tittupped on the spot and did a little rocking horse a couple of times, but I actually enjoyed it!’
- ‘She has a wonderful habit, while trying to hide the escaped prisoner, of hitching up her skirt and tittuping across the stage in high heels.’
- ‘Both look most delightful in their matching sets, especially when tittupping.’
Late 17th century (as a noun): perhaps imitative of hoof-beats.
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