a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape.
a person or thing that ticks.
Slang. a watch.
Slang. the heart.

Origin of ticker

1820–30; 1880–85 for def 4; tick1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for ticker

Contemporary Examples of ticker

Historical Examples of ticker

  • He'd just taken it off the ticker when we found him in Fouts's place there.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The crowd surged about the ticker, and their voices came as from afar.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • “You might give me credit for returning your ticker,” she said in abused tone.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • A knot of gentlemen are chatting about the ticker; some more are watching the board.

  • But, no doubt, the most significant object in the office was the ticker.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for ticker



  1. the heart
  2. a watch
a person or thing that ticks
stock exchange the US word for tape machine (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for ticker

1821, "something that ticks," from tick (2); slang meaning "heart" first recorded 1930. Ticker tape (1902) is from ticker "telegraphic device for recording stock market quotations, etc." (1883).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper