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[tik-er] /ˈtɪk ər/
a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape.
a person or thing that ticks.
Slang. a watch.
Slang. the heart.
Origin of ticker
1820-30; 1880-85 for def 4; tick1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Van Rensselaer knew that the ticker was some minutes behind the market, and he cursed with impatience.

    A Captain of Industry Upton Sinclair
  • “You might give me credit for returning your ticker,” she said in abused tone.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • The something which he hit on consisted in going downtown every day and standing, in a broker's office, over a ticker.

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

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • We came out, thinking we might pick up a ticker or two or a portmanteau among the wreck.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for ticker


  1. the heart
  2. a watch
a person or thing that ticks
(stock exchange) the US word for tape machine (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ticker

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



  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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