- a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
- tic douloureux.
Origin of tic
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tictic , tick
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Sometimes, Yun has a narrative tic of retelling what is already known from the details.‘O Beautiful’ is an intricate tale of identity and belonging in a divided America|Crystal Hana Kim|November 18, 2021|Washington Post
Nearly all of us have some kind of linguistic tic, some go-to phrase we probably don’t even know we use.That’s a Great Question! (Ep. 192 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 30, 2021|Freakonomics
Some of them may be … accidental tics that, even if they prove useful for engineering and clinical applications, could be diversions on the road to a full understanding of the brain.A piece of our mind|The Editors|August 25, 2021|MIT Technology Review
“Wearing a mask means people can’t see my facial tics, and I love that,” said Pietra Pereira, 19, a student in San Diego.Here are the people who love wearing masks. And not just because they want to avoid covid-19.|Petula Dvorak|March 11, 2021|Washington Post
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.