ticker

[tik-er]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tick-borne typhus,
  2. tick-tack-toe,
  3. ticked,
  4. tickell,
  5. tickell, thomas,
  6. ticker tape,
  7. ticker-tape parade,
  8. ticket,
  9. ticket agency,
  10. ticket agent

Origin of ticker

1820–30; 1880–85 for def 4; tick1 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for ticker

ticker

noun

slang
  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

ticker

n.

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