titch

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the stage name Little Tich; see tich. Attested since the 1880s.[1][2]

Noun[edit]

titch (plural titches)

  1. (Britain, colloquial) A very small person; a small child.
    I ain't afraid of a titch like you.
    • 1995, Philip Mitchell, One Moonlit Night, translation of Un Nos Ola Leuad by Caradog Prichard, page 106:
      We called him Titch because he was a tiny little man, and he had a mop of black hair.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English techen, tüchen, variant or dialectal forms of Middle English touchen (to touch).[3]

Noun[edit]

titch (plural titches)

  1. (colloquial) A small amount of something.
    I'll have just a titch more cake.
    • 1988, Howard Lewis Russell, Rush to Nowhere[1], page 148:
      “...and just a titch of my special pepper sauce over these turnip greens, everybody loves turnip greens.”

Verb[edit]

titch (third-person singular simple present titches, present participle titching, simple past and past participle titched)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of touch.
    • 1865, Nathan Hogg, Poetical Letters[2], page 63:
      Vur Bob eszul wis awful titch'd / An went jist like a hoss a witch'd.
    • 1894, Sabine Baring-Gould, Kitty Alone[3], page 120:
      There was some sort of affray between you and Flood. The constables separated you. What led to this? ¶ [] I titched Noah and Noah titched me and my hat falled off.

Etymology 3[edit]

Variant or colloquial pronunciation of teach.

Verb[edit]

titch (third-person singular simple present titches, present participle titching, simple past and past participle titched)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of teach.
    • 1888, George Washington Cable, Bonaventure[4], page 114:
      “yass, dass all right: but how we know you titch English? Nobody can’t tell you titchin’ him right or no.”

References[edit]

  1. ^ titch” in Colin McIntosh, editor, Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 4th edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, →ISBN; reproduced on the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. ^ titch, n.1.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, January 2018.
  3. ^ titch, n.2.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2013.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Scots tuich or twych, from Old French tuchier.

Verb[edit]

titch (third-person singular present titches, present participle titchin, past titched, past participle titched)

  1. Archaic spelling of touch.
    • 1845, T. Denham, Poems and Snatches of Prose[5], page 145:
      Wud ye titch the bell? Gin I binna dry, an my tongue a’ san’paper, I’m a leear.
    • 1983, William Lorimer, The New Testament in Scots, Luke 8:43-44, page 119:
      Jesus wis gaein alang wi the thrang ’maist birzin the breith out o him, wan a wuman at hed haen a rin a bluid for twal year, at nae-ane docht redd her o, cam up ahent him an titched the rund o his coat; an immedentlie the rin o bluid devauled.

Noun[edit]

titch (plural titches)

  1. Archaic spelling of touch.
    • 1895, Ian Maclaren, A Doctor of the Old School, page 175:
      He hed juist ae faut, tae ma thinkin’, for a’ never jidged the waur o’ him for his titch of rochness—guid trees hae gnarled bark—but he thotched ower little o’ himsel’.

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