- up to the time of; until: to fight till death.
- before (used in negative constructions): He did not come till today.
- near or at a specified time: till evening.
- Chiefly Midland, Southern, and Western U.S. before; to: It’s ten till four on my watch.
- Scot. and North England.
- to the time that or when; until.
- before (used in negative constructions).
verb (used with object)
- to labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; cultivate.
- to plow.
verb (used without object)
- to cultivate the soil.
- a drawer, box, or the like, as in a shop or bank, in which money is kept.
- a drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet or chest, for keeping valuables.
- an arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes, as on a desk top.
- Geology. glacial drift consisting of an unassorted mixture of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
- a stiff clay.
- Also (not standard): ’til short for until
- Scot to; towards
- dialect in order thatcome here till I tell you
- to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops
- another word for plough
- a box, case, or drawer into which the money taken from customers is put, now usually part of a cash register
- an unstratified glacial deposit consisting of rock fragments of various sizes. The most common is boulder clay
prep.“until,” Old English til (Northumbrian), from Old Norse til “to, until,” from Proto-Germanic *tilan (cf. Danish til, Old Frisian til “to, till,” Gothic tils “convenient,” German Ziel “limit, end, goal”). A common preposition in Scandinavian, probably originally the accusative case of a noun now lost except for Icelandic tili “scope,” the noun used to express aim, direction, purpose (e.g. aldrtili “death,” literally “end of life”). Also cf. German Ziel “end, limit, point aimed at, goal,” and compare till (v.). v.“cultivate (land)” (early 13c.), “plow” (late 14c.), from Old English tilian “tend, work at, get by labor,” originally “strive after,” related to till “fixed point, goal,” and til “good, suitable,” from Proto-Germanic *tilojanan (cf. Old Frisian tilia “to get, cultivate,” Old Saxon tilian “to obtain,” Middle Dutch, Dutch telen “to breed, raise, cultivate, cause,” Old High German zilon “to strive,” German zielen “to aim, strive”), from source of till (prep.). Related: Tilled; tilling. n.“cashbox,” mid-15c., from Anglo-French tylle “compartment,” Old French tille “compartment, shelter on a ship,” probably from Old Norse þilja “plank, floorboard,” from Proto-Germanic *theljon. The other theory is that the word is from Middle English tillen “to draw,” from Old English -tyllan (see toll (v.)), with a sense evolution as in drawer (see draw).
- An unstratified, unconsolidated mass of boulders, pebbles, sand, and mud deposited by the movement or melting of a glacier. The size and shape of the sediments that constitute till vary widely.
In addition to the subsequent idioms beginning with till