Other Word Forms of Titmouse
Origin of Titmouse
From Middle English titmose, compound of tit (“small bird") and Old English māse (“titmouse"), from Proto-Germanic *maisÇ (compare Dutch mees, German Meise, Old Norse meisingr), from *maisaz (“tiny, puny") (compare Norwegian meis (“skinny weakling")). The plural is formed in imitation of the otherwise unrelated mouse.
Alteration (influenced by mous mouse) of Middle English titmose tit- (probably from Old Norse tittr small peak, pin, titmouse) mose titmouse (from Old English māse)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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