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tantivy

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adverb tan·tivy \tan-ˈti-vē\

Definition of tantivy

  1. :  at a gallop

Did You Know?

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


First Known Use: 1641

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tantivy

noun tan·tivy

Definition of tantivy

plural

tantivies

  1. 1 :  a rapid gallop or ride

  2. 2 :  tantara

Circa 1658

First Known Use of tantivy

circa 1658

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