tivy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See tantivy.

Adverb[edit]

tivy (not comparable)

  1. With great speed; a huntsman's word or sound.
    • 1670, John Dryden, Songs: 1, from Tyrannick Love, Act 4, Scene 1, 1995 [Pearson Education], Paul Hammond (editor), The Poems of John Dryden: Volume 1: 1649-1681, 2014, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), page 229,
      In the bright moonshine while winds whistle loud,
      Tivy, tivy, tivy, we mount and we fly,
      All racking along in a downy white cloud:
      And lest our leap from the sky should prove too far,
      We slide on the back of a new-falling star.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tivy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)