Dictionary: TITH-ING-MAN – TIT'U-LAR-Y

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TITH-ING-MAN, n. [tithing and man.]

  1. The chief man of a tithing; a headborough; one elected to preside over the tithing. Blackstone.
  2. A peace officer; an under constable.
  3. In New England, a parish officer annually elected to preserve good order in the church during divine service, and to make complaint of any disorderly conduct.

TITH'Y-MAL, n. [Fr. tithymale; Gr. τιθυμαλος, from τιτθος, the breast.]

A plant of the genus Euphorbia.

TIT'IL-LATE, v.t. [L. titillo.]

To tickle. The pungent grains of titillating dust. Pope.



TIT-IL-LA'TION, n. [Fr. from L. titillatio.]

  1. The act of tickling; or the state of being tickled. – Bacon. Arbuthnot.
  2. Any slight pleasure. The products of those titillations that reach no higher than the senses. – Glanville.

TIT'LARK, n. [tit and lark.]

A small bird, a species of Alauda or lark.

TI'TLE, n. [L. titulus; It. titolo. This may belong to the family of Gr. τιθημι, to set or put; Sax. tithian, to give.]

  1. An inscription put over any thing as a name by which it is known.
  2. The inscription in the beginning of a book, containing the subject of the work, and sometimes the author's name.
  3. In the civil and canon laws, a chapter or division of a book.
  4. An appellation of dignity, distinction or pre-eminence given to persons; as duke, marquis and the like. – Cyc.
  5. A name; an appellation. Ill worthy I such title should belong / To me transgressor. – Milton.
  6. Right; or that which constitutes a just cause of exclusive possession; that which is the foundation of ownership; as, a good title to an estate; or an imperfect title. The lowest degree of title is naked possession, then comes the right of possession, and lastly the right of property, all which united complete the title. – Blackstone. But possession is not essential to a complete title. A title to personal property may be acquired by occupancy. A claim is not a title.
  7. The instrument which is evidence of a right
  8. In the canon law, that by which a beneficiary holds a benefice. This is true and valid, or colorable. A valid title gives a right to the benefice. A colorable title appears to be valid, but is not. – Cyc.
  9. In ancient church records, a church to which a priest was ordained, and where he was to reside. – Cowel.

TI'TLE, v.t.

To name; to call; to entitle. – Milton.

TI'TLED, pp.

  1. Called; named.
  2. adj. Having a title.


Not having a title or name. [Not in use.] – Shak.

TI'TLE-PACE, n. [title and page.]

The page of a book which contains its title.

TI'TLING, ppr.

Calling; denominating; entitling.

TIT'MOUSE, n. [tit, small, and moused.]

A small bird of the genus Parus. – Dryden.


  1. A restrained laugh.
  2. A weed.

TIT'TER, v.i.

To laugh with the tongue striking against the root of the upper teeth; to laugh with restraint. – Pope.

TIT'TLE, n. [from tit, small.]

A small particle; a minute part; a jot; an iota.

TIT'TLE-TAT-TLE, n. [tattle, doubled.]

  1. Idle trifling talk; empty prattle. – Prior.
  2. An idle trifling talker. [Less proper.]


To talk idly; to prate. – Sidney.

TIT'U-BATE, v.i. [L. titubo.]

To stumble.

TIT-U-BA'TION, n. [L. titubo, to stumble.]

The act of stumbling.

TIT'U-LAR, a. [Fr. titulaire; from L. titulus.]

  1. Existing in title or name only; nominal; having or conferring the title only; as, a titular king or prince.
  2. Having the title to an office or dignity without discharging the duties of it. Both Valerius and Austin were titular bishops. Ayliffe.


A person invested with a title, in virtue of which he holds an office or benefice, whether he performs the duties of it or not. Cyc.


The state of being titular. Brown.

TIT'U-LAR-LY, adv.

Nominally; by title only.


  1. Consisting in a title. Bacon.
  2. Pertaining to a title. Bacon.