or tic·tac

[ tik-tak ]
/ ˈtɪkˌtæk /


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.

verb (used without object)

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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British Dictionary definitions for ticktack


/ (ˈtɪkˌtæk) /


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

Word Origin for ticktack

from tick 1
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