Origin of tantivyprobably echoic of sound of a horse galloping
- A hunting cry.
- A fast, furious gallop; top speed.
Origin of tantivyOrigin unknown
(comparative more tantivy, superlative most tantivy)
- (obsolete) At full tilt
- to ride tantivy
- (informal) The sound of a hunting horn in imitation of a galloping horse
- The sound of a hunting horn seems to be an erroneous use (according to the OED)
A fox-hunting term, said to be from the note of a hunting horn.