- 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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Historical Examples of tictac
He arrives, at length, at the door of the side room where the devotees of cards are busy at tictac.The Youth of Jefferson
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- 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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