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ticker

[tik-er] /ˈtɪk ər/
noun
1.
a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape.
2.
a person or thing that ticks.
3.
Slang. a watch.
4.
Slang. the heart.
Origin of ticker
1820-1830
1820-30; 1880-85 for def 4; tick1 + -er1
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  • He'd just taken it off the ticker when we found him in Fouts's place there.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The crowd surged about the ticker, and their voices came as from afar.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • “You might give me credit for returning your ticker,” she said in abused tone.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • A knot of gentlemen are chatting about the ticker; some more are watching the board.

  • But, no doubt, the most significant object in the office was the ticker.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for ticker

ticker

/ˈtɪkə/
noun
1.
(slang)
  1. the heart
  2. a watch
2.
a person or thing that ticks
3.
(stock exchange) the US word for tape machine (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for ticker
n.

1821, "something that ticks," from tick (2); slang meaning "heart" first recorded 1930. Ticker tape (1902) is from ticker "telegraphic device for recording stock market quotations, etc." (1883).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ticker

ticker

noun

  1. A telegraphic printing machine for stock quotations, news reports, etc: It's just coming in on the AP ticker (1883+)
  2. The heart: He tapped the left side of his chest. ''Ticker,'' he said (1930+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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