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or tic·tac

  1. a repetitive sound, as of ticking, tapping, knocking, or clicking: the ticktack of high heels in the corridor.
  2. a device for making a tapping sound, as against a window or door in playing a practical joke.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a repeated ticking or tapping sound: Sleet ticktacked against the window panes.
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Origin of ticktack

1540–50; imitative See tick1
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Examples from the Web for ticktack

Historical Examples

  • Ticktack (tick-tick) has also been repeated by a boy of two years for a watch.

    The Mind of the Child, Part II

    W. Preyer

  • To small virtues would they fain lure and laud me; to the ticktack of small happiness would they fain persuade my foot.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Verily, to such measure and ticktack, it liketh neither to dance nor to stand still.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • And there it was that Pere Merlier's mill enlivened with its ticktack a corner of wild verdure.

British Dictionary definitions for ticktack


  1. British a system of sign language, mainly using the hands, by which bookmakers transmit their odds to each other at racecourses
  2. US a ticking sound, as made by a clock
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Word Origin

from tick 1
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