- a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
- tic douloureux.
- a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; personal quirk: her distinctive verbal tics.
Origin of tic
- a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), used especially in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.
Origin of -tic
Examples from the Web for tic
Contemporary Examples of tic
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
July 3, 2014
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
July 1, 2014
Elsewhere on this website, Andrew Sullivan has brilliantly designated these convolutions as a “tic of his generation.”Stephen Schiff: My (Relatively Small) Crime Against Gore Vidal
August 2, 2012
I nervously said something about her shirt being off, and she laughed, and we switched the game to Tic Tac Toe.My $16 Videogame Striptease
October 14, 2010
Historical Examples of tic
Then tic two or three times over, and there was no more sound.The Weathercock
George Manville Fenn
If I could take that tic with me, I should ask nothing more from Heaven.My Novel, Complete
I have spoken of Peruvian bark as a remedy in tic douloureux.
Of the three kinds of neuralgia, the most common by far is tic, or faceache.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
For an instance, a simple blinking of the eyelids may form a tic.Tics and Their Treatment
- spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles
- See tic douloureux
Word Origin for tic
twitching of a facial muscle, 1822, often a shortening of tic douloureux "severe facial neuralgia," literally "painful twitch" (1800), from French tic "a twitching disease of horses" (early 17c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests an imitative origin; French etymologists compare it to Italian ticchio "whim, caprice."
- A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities.habit spasm