- a repetitive sound, as of ticking, tapping, knocking, or clicking: the ticktack of high heels in the corridor.
- a device for making a tapping sound, as against a window or door in playing a practical joke.
- to make a repeated ticking or tapping sound: Sleet ticktacked against the window panes.
Origin of ticktack
1540–50; imitative See tick1
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Examples from the Web for ticktack
Ticktack (tick-tick) has also been repeated by a boy of two years for a watch.The Mind of the Child, Part II
To small virtues would they fain lure and laud me; to the ticktack of small happiness would they fain persuade my foot.
Verily, to such measure and ticktack, it liketh neither to dance nor to stand still.
And there it was that Pere Merlier's mill enlivened with its ticktack a corner of wild verdure.
- British a system of sign language, mainly using the hands, by which bookmakers transmit their odds to each other at racecourses
- US a ticking sound, as made by a clock
from tick 1
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