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Tilt vs Tippy - What's the difference?

tilt | tippy |

As nouns the difference between tilt and tippy

is that tilt is a slope or inclination (uncountable) or tilt can be a canvas covering for carts, boats, etc while tippy is (obsolete|colloquial|or|slang) a dandy.

As a verb tilt

is to slope or incline (something); to slant or tilt can be to cover with a tilt, or awning.

As an adjective tippy is

(obsolete|colloquial|or|slang) fashionable, tip-top or tippy can be (canada|us) tending to tip or tilt over; unstable.



(wikipedia tilt)

Etymology 1

Old English tyltan'' "to be unsteady"; Middle English ''tilte . Cognate with Icelandic . The nominal sense of "a joust" appears around 1510, presumably derived from the barrier which separated the combatants, which suggests connection with . The modern transitive meaning is from 1590, the intransitive use appears 1620.


(en verb)
  • To slope or incline (something); to slant
  • Tilt the barrel to pour out its contents.
  • (jousting ) To charge (at someone) with a lance
  • * William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act III, scene I
  • He tilts / With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast.
  • * Tennyson
  • But in this tournament can no man tilt .
  • To be at an angle
  • * Grew
  • The trunk of the body is kept from tilting forward by the muscles of the back.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 20 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=“Marge Gets A Job” opens with the foundation of the Simpson house tilting perilously to one side, making the family homestead look like the suburban equivalent of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. }}
  • To point or thrust a weapon at.
  • (Beaumont and Fletcher)
  • * 1819 , , Otho the Great , Act V, Scene V, verses 52-54
  • I say I quarrell’d with you;
    We did not tilt each other, — that’s a blessing, —
    Good gods! no innocent blood upon my head!
  • To point or thrust (a weapon).
  • * J. Philips
  • Sons against fathers tilt the fatal lance.
  • To forge (something) with a tilt hammer.
  • to tilt steel in order to render it more ductile
  • (poker) To play worse than usual (often as a result of previous bad luck).
  • (photography) To move a camera vertically in a controlled way.
  • Synonyms
    * slope * incline * slant
    Coordinate terms
    * (photography) pan, cant


    (en noun)
  • a slope or inclination (uncountable)
  • a jousting contest (countable)
  • A thrust, as with a lance.
  • (Addison)
  • (photography) the controlled vertical movement of a camera, or a device to achieve this
  • an attempt at something, such as a tilt at public office .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 7 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Man City 2 - 0 Bayern Munich , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=City will now make the Premier League an even bigger priority, while regrouping and planning again for what they hope will be another tilt at the Champions League next season.}}
  • tilt hammer
  • The inclination of part of the body, such as backbone, pelvis, head, etc.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) telt, from (etyl) ). More at (l).


    (en noun)
  • A canvas covering for carts, boats, etc.
  • Any covering overhead; especially, a tent.
  • (Denham)


    (en verb)
  • To cover with a tilt, or awning.
  • Derived terms

    * at full tilt * atilt * on tilt





    Etymology 1

    1790, .


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete, colloquial, or, slang) Fashionable, tip-top.
  • * 1806 , Kitty Crotchet, “The Bootees—A New Song”, in The Port Folio , v 2, Philadelphia: John Watts, p 76:
  • Of all the gay beaux, / That sport their smart cloathes, / There's none that my fancy can please, / With their Spencers'' or ''Crops'', / Or woolly ''Foretops'', / Like ''Bob'' with his ''Tippy Bootees .
  • In the height of fashion, excellent, cool.
  • * 1802 , “Ladies Literature”, in New England Quarterly Magazine , v 2, Boston, p 225:
  • I under?tand, however, that there is a di?tinction between the?e names in the city and St. James's; in the latter place you may find fa?hion in the characters of the ton'', the ''ta?te'', the ''etiquette'', &c. in the city they are all the ''tippy'' , the ''thing'', the ''?ort'', &c. and pretty ''things'' they are, Heaven knowns! [sic]—with a ''?ort'' of a cane, which being twelve inches long, one blow of an Iri?hman's ?hillalagh would drive ''twelve yards away.
  • * 1806 , The Port Folio , v 2, Philadelphia: John Watts, p 143:
  • The wig's the thing, the wig, the wig, / Be of the ton a natty sprig, / The thing, the tippy and the twig, / Nor heed who are the truly wise, / For after all, in vulgar eyes, / The wisdom's in the wig.
  • * 1808 , Thomas Morton, “A Cure for the Heart Ache”, in The British Theatre; or, A Collection of Plays , London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, p 10:
  • Rent! you boor!—That, for Sir Hubert!—[Snapping his Fingers .] Ah! Nabob's servants be the tippy —Every thing be done by them so genteely.
  • * 1845 , “The Frog and the Fox”, in The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist , London: Henry Colburn, p 371:
  • As neither of them said “No,” he opened the will, and found that the old lady had left all the accumulated scrapings of a long life of industry to her son William, to aid his “great abilities” in promoting the honour of the family. [. . .] “That'll do, Smugs,” said Bill, and then turning to his brothers, he observed. “Just the tippy , for I was cleaned out. [. . .]”
  • (colloquial, or, slang) Clever, neat, smart.
  • * 1863 [1910], Early Letters of Marcus Dods, D.D. , p 344:
  • She read Renan's Vie de Jésus , and I am now going to lend her the antidote—a tippy little bit of criticism by Pressensé.
  • Of tea, having a large amount of tips, or leaf buds.
  • * 1886 , T.C. Owen, The Tea Planter's Manual , Colombo: A.M. & J. Ferguson, pp 49–50:
  • Before rolling some planters are in the habit of sifting the leaf through a No. 4 sieve, and manufacturing the small leaf and tips that fall through separately. This will add to the appearance of the tea, by making it more tippy , but unless fancy teas are being made will not pay for the time and trouble incurred.


  • (obsolete, colloquial, or, slang) A dandy.
  • * 1798 , “Whim?ical Peculiarities of Expre??ion”, in The Monthly Magazine and British Register , v 6, London: R. Phillips, p 173:
  • Is his dre?s, as we may pre?ume it will be, elegant; exhibiting no articles of apparel but ?uch as are “All the rage?” he is “Quite the tippy .”''

    Derived terms

    * tippy Bob, tippy-Bob

    Etymology 2

    1886, .


    (en adjective)
  • (Canada, US) Tending to tip or tilt over; unstable.