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titter, n.3

Brit. /ˈtɪtə/
U.S. /ˈtɪdər/
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Probably formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: tit n.4, -er suffix1.
Etymology: Probably < tit n.4 (compare tit n.4 2a) + -er suffix1.
Perhaps compare tittie n.1
slang. Now hist. and rare.

  A girl; a young woman.

1819   J. H. Vaux New Vocab. Flash Lang. in Memoirs II. 219   Titter, a young woman or girl.
1845   E. J. Wakefield Adventures N.Z. I. xi. 319   A chief was called [by whalers] a ‘nob’; a slave, a ‘doctor’; a woman, a ‘heifer’; a girl, a ‘titter’.
1890   in A. Barrère & C. G. Leland Dict. Slang II. 356/2   Only a glass of bitter! Only a sandwich mild! Only a stupid titter! Only she's not a child!
1953   Landfall (N.Z.) Sept. 179   Boys, she's a larky little titter.

1819—1953(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, March 2019).