- a slight, sharp, recurring click, tap, or beat, as of a clock.
- Chiefly British Informal. a moment or instant.
- a small dot, mark, check, or electronic signal, as used to mark off an item on a list, serve as a reminder, or call attention to something.
- Stock Exchange.
- a movement in the price of a stock, bond, or option.
- the smallest possible tick on a given exchange.
- Manège. a jumping fault consisting of a light touch of a fence with one or more feet.
- a small contrasting spot of color on the coat of a mammal or the feathers of a bird.
- to emit or produce a tick, like that of a clock.
- to pass as with ticks of a clock: The hours ticked by.
- to sound or announce by a tick or ticks: The clock ticked the minutes.
- to mark with a tick or ticks; check (usually followed by off); to tick off the items on the memo.
- tick off, Slang.
- to make angry: His mistreatment of the animals really ticked me off.
- Chiefly British.to scold severely: The manager will tick you off if you make another mistake.
- what makes one tick, the motive or explanation of one's behavior: The biographer failed to show what made Herbert Hoover tick.
Origin of tick1
- any of numerous bloodsucking arachnids of the order Acarina, including the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, somewhat larger than the related mites and having a barbed proboscis for attachment to the skin of warm-blooded vertebrates: some ticks are vectors of disease.
Origin of tick2
- the cloth case of a mattress, pillow, etc., containing hair, feathers, or the like.
Origin of tick3
- a score or account.
- on tick, on credit or trust: We bought our telly on tick.
Origin of tick4
Related Words for tickblow, tap, wink, beat, flash, throb, moment, pulse, twinkling, second, clack, rap, shake, instant, pulsation, click, minute, tapping, ticktock, flick
Examples from the Web for tick
Contemporary Examples of tick
The Senate races in both states are tight as a tick, with no candidate hitting 50 percent in any of the polls.How This Election Could Go to January
October 24, 2014
Once content to find a X-Men Calendar or a signed drawing of The Tick, fans now expect—and get—a whole lot more.Too Many Spider-Men, Too Little Time: Get Ready for Comic-Con
July 10, 2014
As the days tick by and the balancers balance, real-world gay people will suffer.Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist
April 24, 2014
Sometimes they are almost amusing, like when a group of infantry soldiers filmed themselves dancing to Ke$ha's Tick Tock.Israeli Soldiers Dancing at Hebron Wedding Were Probably Not Welcome Guests
August 30, 2013
Some kind of fly, gnit, gnat, tick or flea of some kind...the desert kind.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq
May 26, 2013
Historical Examples of tick
What did it mean by beginning to tick so loudly all of a sudden?The Secret Agent
The tick, tick of the watch was just audible in the stillness of the May morning.A Spirit in Prison
I tick, tick, tick all day over this pesky business, but I don't get anywheres.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
How many of them could get tick in London for a new rig-out?Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
In just two minutes' time to a tick, the price will be thirty.The Market-Place
- a recurrent metallic tapping or clicking sound, such as that made by a clock or watch
- British informal a moment or instant
- a mark (✓) or dash used to check off or indicate the correctness of something
- commerce the smallest increment of a price fluctuation in a commodity exchange. Tick size is usually 0.01% of the nominal value of the trading unit
- to produce a recurrent tapping sound or indicate by such a soundthe clock ticked the minutes away
- (when tr, often foll by off) to mark or check (something, such as a list) with a tick
- what makes someone tick informal the basic drive or motivation of a person
Word Origin for tick
- any of various small parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks), typically living on the skin of warm-blooded animals and feeding on the blood and tissues of their hosts: order Acarina (mites and ticks)See also sheep tick (def. 1) Related adjective: acaroid
- any of certain other arachnids of the order Acarina
- any of certain insects of the dipterous family Hippoboscidae that are ectoparasitic on horses, cattle, sheep, etc, esp the sheep ked
Word Origin for tick
- British informal account or credit (esp in the phrase on tick)
Word Origin for tick
- the strong covering of a pillow, mattress, etc
- informal short for ticking
Word Origin for tick
parasitic blood-sucking arachnid animal, Old English ticia, from West Germanic *tik- (cf. Middle Dutch teke, Dutch teek, Old High German zecho, German Zecke "tick"), of unknown origin. French tique (mid-15c.), Italian zecca are Germanic loan-words.
mid-15c., "light touch or tap," probably from tick (v.) and cognate with Dutch tik, Middle High German zic, and perhaps echoic. Meaning "sound made by a clock" is probably first recorded 1540s; tick-tock is recorded from 1848.
"credit," 1640s, shortening of ticket (n.).
early 13c., "to touch or pat," perhaps from an Old English verb corresponding to tick (n.2), and perhaps ultimately echoic. Cf. Old High German zeckon "to pluck," Dutch tikken "to pat," Norwegian tikke "touch lightly." Related: Ticked; ticking.
To tick (someone) off is from 1915, originally "to reprimand, scold." The verbal phrase tick off was in use in several senses at the time: as what a telegraph instrument does when it types out a message (1873), as what a clock does in marking the passage of time (1846), to enumerate on one's fingers (1899), and in accountancy, etc., "make a mark beside an item on a sheet with a pencil, etc.," often indicating a sale (by 1881). This might be the direct source of the phrase, perhaps via World War I military bureaucratic sense of being marked off from a list as "dismissed" or "ineligible." Meaning "to annoy" is recorded from 1975.
- Any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, many of which transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
- Any of various usually wingless, louselike insects of the family Hippobosciddae that are parasitic on sheep, goats, and other animals.
- Any of numerous small, parasitic arachnids of the suborder Ixodida that feed on the blood of animals. Like their close relatives the mites and unlike spiders, ticks have no division between cephalothorax and abdomen. Ticks differ from mites by being generally larger and having a sensory pit at the end of their first pair of legs. Many ticks transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
In addition to the idiom beginning with tick
- tickled pink
- tickle one's fancy
- tickle the ivories
- tick off
- clock is ticking
- tight as a tick
- what makes one tick