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tantivy

adverb tan·tivy \ tan-ˈti-vē \

Definition of tantivy

: at a gallop

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Tantivy is an adverb as well as a noun that refers to a rapid gallop. Although its precise origin isn't known, one theory has it that tantivy represents the sound of a galloping horse’s hooves. The noun does double duty as a word meaning "the blare of a trumpet or horn." This is probably due to confusion with tantara, a word for the sound of a trumpet that came about as an imitation of that sound. Both tantivy and tantara were used during foxhunts; in the heat of the chase, people may have jumbled the two.

Origin and Etymology of tantivy

origin unknown

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tantivy

noun

Definition of tantivy

plural tantivies
1 : a rapid gallop or ride
2 : tantara

First Known Use of tantivy

circa 1658

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