before (used in negative constructions):He did not come till today.
near or at a specified time:till evening.
Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland, Southern, and Western U.S.]before; to:It's ten till four on my watch.
to the time that or when; until.
before (used in negative constructions).
Old Norse til to, akin to Old English till station, German Ziel goal. See till2
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English (north) til
Till1 and until are both old in the language and are interchangeable as both prepositions and conjunctions:It rained till(or until) nearly midnight. The savannah remained brown and lifeless until (or till) the rains began.Till is not a shortened form of until and is not spelled 'till. 'Til is usually considered a spelling error, though widely used in advertising:Open 'til ten.
Agricultureto labor, as by plowing or harrowing, upon (land) for the raising of crops; cultivate.
Agricultureto cultivate the soil.
bef. 900; Middle English tilen, Old English tilian to strive after, get, till; cognate with Dutch telen to breed, cultivate, German zielen to aim at
a drawer, box, or the like, as in a shop or bank, in which money is kept.
Furniturea drawer, tray, or the like, as in a cabinet or chest, for keeping valuables.
Furniturean arrangement of drawers or pigeonholes, as on a desk top.
1425–75; late Middle English tylle, noun, nominal use of tylle to draw, Old English -tyllan (in fortyllan to seduce); akin to Latin dolus trick, Greek dólos bait (for fish), any cunning contrivance, treachery
Geologyglacial drift consisting of an unassorted mixure of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.
Etymology: Old English til; related to Old Norse til to, Old High German zil goal, aim USAGE Till is a variant of until that is acceptable at all levels of language. Until is, however, often preferred at the beginning of a sentence in formal writing: until his behaviour improves, he cannot become a member
to cultivate and work (land) for the raising of crops