1. † a kid ...Bk1867 Ireland
2. a small person; a name for a small person ...1888 chiefly Brit.
3. a very little; a small amount ...1937 colloq.
4. (also as TISH) phencyclidine (PCP) ...1979 US drugs sl.
n. 2. from 'Little Tich', the stage name of Harry Relph, an English music hall comedian and dancer (1867–1928), whose performances played on his
unusually short stature
n. 3. a regional and colloquial pronunciation of 'touch' (n. the degree of purity of gold or silver as determined by testing with a touchstone)
n. 4. a variant of tic, a misreading of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1868 - Titch. A kid
From: A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland
- Jacob Poole, 1867
"...John Thomas Young, better known as ‘Tich’, died in Oldham Workhouse on Saturday night...."
From: The York Herald
Tuesday, September 11, 1888