- a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
- tic douloureux.
Origin of tic
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tictic , tick
Other definitions for tic (2 of 2)
How to use tic in a sentence
He reiterated the statements “I am not a politician” and “I am not a political advisor” so often that it seemed like a verbal tic.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart|Ben Jacobs|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was asked if he worried that a tic might someday cause him to drop a ball.Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field|Michael Daly|July 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2013, Der Spiegel pressed him on his condition: Der Spiegel: Has a ball ever slipped out of your hands because of a tic?Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner|Emily Shire|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She seemed resolutely on message, quoting Ronald Reagan with such frequency that it almost bordered on being a verbal tic.Tea Party Tests Its Might in Texas by Opposing Conservative Rep. Pete Sessions|Ben Jacobs|January 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's a telling tic that we often use "urban" as a synonym for "black."David's Bookclub: The Warmth of Other Suns|David Frum|May 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But never mind; I cal'late this p'tic'lar pup won't bite; I've pulled his teeth, I guess.Cap'n Eri|Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Ornithoman′tic; Ornithoph′ilous, bird-fertilised; Or′nithopod, Ornithop′odous, having feet like a bird.
Periphras′tic, -al, containing or expressed by periphrasis or circumlocution.
Plethore′tic, Plethor′ic, -al, afflicted with plethora: superabundant: turgid.
Porismat′ic, -al; Poris′tic, -al, reducing a determinate problem to an indeterminate.