tich

   A commonly used generic nickname in Britain for a very small person. An uncle applies it to his niece in Mariana, by Monica Dickens, though she is in fact quite tall. The term is most used in the school playground, where it is used insultingly.
   The children who use it in modern times are unaware that they commemorate a British music-hall artist, known as Little Tich’ although he was born Harry Ralph. As a child Ralph resembled the claimant in the famous Tich-borne Case, in which Arthur Orton, a butcher’s son, claimed to be Roger Charles Tichborne, heir to a baronetcy.
   Other names which can be used as instant nicknames for a small person include: Squirt or little squirt, ankle-biter, flea, half-pint, imp, junior, microbe, midge, nipper, pint-size, shorty, shrimp, small fry, snitch or snitchy, squib, stubby, stumpy or stumps, tiddler, Tiny Tim, Tom Thumb, weed. Words meaning a tall person can also be used sarcastically to a small person.

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  • Tich —    , TICHBORNE CASE    A dwarfish music hall comedian has given his nickname to the English language to mean a diminutive person. Harry Ralph (1868 1928) was a pudgy infant at the time of the Tichborne case, in which an Australian claimed to be… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • tich — /tɪtʃ/ (say tich) noun → titch …   Australian English dictionary

  • tich — noun /tɪtʃ/ A very small person …   Wiktionary

  • tich — tɪtʃ n. (British Slang) tiny person, titch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tích — [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]勣[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]昔[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]晰[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]析[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]淅[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]潟[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En)… …   Vietnamese Index for Unihan

  • tịch — [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]僻[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]夕[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]寂[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]席[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]汐[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En) ]矽[/ref], [ref dict= Unihan (Ch En)… …   Vietnamese Index for Unihan

  • tich — [tɪtʃ] noun variant spelling of titch …   English new terms dictionary

  • tich — o (G). A wall …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • tich —  Small person. Also tichy Very small …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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