Main meanings of titter-totter in English

: titter-totter1titter-totter2

titter-totter1

Pronunciation /ˈtɪtəˌtɒtə/

noun

(also tittymatawta)
dialect British
  • A see-saw.

    Also in occasional use in North America alongside the more frequent "teeter-totter".

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). A reduplication (with vowel variation) of totter.

Main meanings of titter-totter in English

: titter-totter1titter-totter2

titter-totter2

Pronunciation /ˈtɪtəˌtɒtə/

verb

  • Originally: to play on a see-saw (now rare). Later figurative: to vacillate between different courses of action.

    Originally English regional (chiefly East Anglian); subsequently also in North American use, now alongside the more frequent "teeter-totter".

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Forby (1759–1825), philologist. From titter-totter.