[ rik-ee-tik, -tik ]
/ ˈrɪk iˈtɪk, -ˌtɪk /


the mechanical, repetitive style and beat of ragtime or early swing music.

adjective Also rick·y-tick·y [rik-ee-tik-ee, -tik-ee] /ˈrɪk iˈtɪk i, -ˌtɪk i/.

of or characteristic of such sound or beat.
corny or outmoded.

Nearby words

  1. rickover,
  2. rickover, hyman george,
  3. rickrack,
  4. rickshaw,
  5. ricky,
  6. rico,
  7. ricochet,
  8. ricoeur,
  9. ricotta,
  10. ricrac

Origin of ricky-tick

First recorded in 1935–40; apparently imitative

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