Origin of tsk
Words nearby tsk
MORE ABOUT TSK
What does tsk mean?
Tsk is an interjection used to express contempt or disdain, as in Tsk, tsk, that party was so exciting after all.
Tsk can also mean for shame, as in Tsk, I can’t believe you ate the whole pie!
As an interjection, tsk can be used as an isolated phrase separate from a sentence. It is often used repeatedly in quick succession, as in tsk tsk or tsk tsk tsk.
Tsk can also refer to a usage of tsk, usually to reference people’s chides or negative remarks, as in Wanna’s tsks are often about how food looks on a plate.
To tsk means to say tsk, often to describe someone who is criticizing something or someone by using tsk.
Example: Lamonte’s teacher tsked him for coming to class late.
Where does tsk come from?
The first records of the term tsk to describe the sound come from around the 1940s. Tsk is an onomatopoeia for the sound that is usually made with an alveolar click or hiss.
Tsk is closely related to the interjection tut, which is also used to express contempt or disdain and can mean “for shame.” Tsk and tut are often used interchangeably. Someone who is condescending can be described as tsking and tutting. Both tsk and tut are made by pushing air through the tongue and the alveolar ridge, the ridge at the top of the mouth which contains the tooth sockets.
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What are some other forms related to tsk?
- tsk tsk (interjection)
What are some synonyms for tsk?
What are some words that often get used in discussing tsk?
How is tsk used in real life?
Tsk is almost always used to show disappointment or regret in someone or something.
Imagine hating on domestic travel when New Orleans exists. Tsk. Lack of taste, I see. Elitism ruining your taste.
— trudy (@thetrudz) May 18, 2021
Jamaica was robbed tsk tsk tsk. Is that the first time in #MissUniverse that the BOOs were that loud?
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) January 26, 2015
I guess that person just wanted to get my attention and he/she did. Sadly, it backfired. Tsk tsk. Anyways… moving on…
— jedmadela ⁷ (@jedmadela) October 23, 2020
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True or False?
You might tsk someone when you’re happy with their actions.
How to use tsk in a sentence
The fact that his daughters wear helmets but he does not gives rise to some leisurely tsk-tsk-ing.My Martha's Vineyard Close Encounter|Patricia J. Williams|August 29, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Wherever you go there will be people tsk-tsking about the Preliminary fiasco.The Junkmakers|Albert R. Teichner