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TITE, adv. Also tyte. Quickly, without delay or intermission, straight, directly, in rapid succession (I.Sc. 1972). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial. since the 17th c. Compar. titter, tita (Slk. 1825 Jam., obsol.) sooner, rather, for preference. Also in n.Eng. dial.; superl. (irreg. from compar.) ¶tittermaist, -most, nearest, foremost, soonest reached (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). [′tɪtər-] Sc. 1724  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1874) I. 60:
I had titter die than live wi' him a year.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 39:
I'd gotten a lump o' my ain dead the day, Wi' weet an' wind sae tyte into my teeth.
Cai. 1773  Weekly Mag. (28 Oct.) 147:
The reek now rises tyte frae ilk a lum.
ne.Sc. 1790  Caled. Mercury (14 June):
Thow, cowdy, apen't out thy geir, An' tyte an' ydent.
Sh. 1953  :
Dey hed deir faimilies tite i da aald days.

[O.Sc. tit, compar. titar, 1375, tyt, a.1400, quick(ly), soon, Mid.Eng. tite, id., O.N. títt, frequently, often. For Sh. usage cf. Norw. dial. tidt, repeatedly, at frequent short intervals, quickly.]

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"Tite adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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