Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

TIT, n.3 Also tate, tet. [tɪt, tet]

1. A nipple or teat. Gen.Sc., applied to women as well as animals, and to artificial teats. Ags. 1896  A. Blair Rantin Robin 153:
She began to scutter at the beastie's tits, an' I held on by the goatie's heid.
Abd. 1928  J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 31:
The mongrel pup, Fa nott a tit or she could sup!
Kcd. 1932  L. G. Gibbon Sunset Song 275:
He coddled up Jock like a pig with a tit.

2. A mark, of the nature of a small callus or cyst, on the body of a witch, supposedly made by the Devil. Sc. 1705  J. Bell Tryal of Witchcraft 17:
The Witches Mark, sometimes like a blew spot, or a little tate or reid spots like flea biting, sometimes, also, the flesh is sunk in and hallow, and this is put in secret places.

[The form tit, from O.E. titt, is also common in Eng. dial. Tate corresponds to St. Eng. teat, prob. from Fr. tette, id., which is poss. cognate with the O.E. word.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Tit n.3". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 May 2019 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: