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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English tyke, teke, from Old English ticia (parasitic animal, tick), from Proto-Germanic *tīkkô, suffixed variant of Proto-Germanic *tīgô, compare Dutch teek, German Zecke.

NounEdit

tick (plural ticks)

  1. A tiny woodland arachnid of the suborder Ixodida.
    Hypernyms: ectoparasite, arachnid
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English tek (light touch, tap)

NounEdit

tick (plural ticks)

  1. A relatively quiet but sharp sound generally made repeatedly by moving machinery.
    The steady tick of the clock provided a comforting background for the conversation.
  2. A mark on any scale of measurement; a unit of measurement.
    At midday, the long bond is up a tick.
  3. (computing) A jiffy (unit of time defined by basic timer frequency).
  4. (colloquial) A short period of time, particularly a second.
    Synonym: sec
    I'll be back in a tick.
  5. (video games) A periodic increment of damage or healing caused by an ongoing status effect.
  6. (Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland) A mark () made to indicate agreement, correctness or acknowledgement.
    Synonym: checkmark
    Indicate that you are willing to receive marketing material by putting a tick in the box
  7. (birdwatching, slang) A lifer (bird seen by a birdwatcher for the first time) that is uninteresting and routine, thus merely a tick mark on a list.
  8. (ornithology) The whinchat.
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VerbEdit

tick (third-person singular simple present ticks, present participle ticking, simple past and past participle ticked)

  1. To make a clicking noise similar to the movement of the hands in an analog clock.
  2. To make a tick or checkmark.
  3. (informal) To work or operate, especially mechanically.
    He took the computer apart to see how it ticked.
    I wonder what makes her tick.
  4. To strike gently; to pat.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Latimer
      Stand not ticking and toying at the branches.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English tike, probably from Middle Dutch, from Latin theca (cover).

NounEdit

tick (countable and uncountable, plural ticks)

  1. (uncountable) Ticking.
  2. A sheet that wraps around a mattress; the cover of a mattress, containing the filling.
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Etymology 4Edit

Clipping of ticket.

NounEdit

tick (plural ticks)

  1. (Britain, colloquial) Credit, trust.
    Synonyms: credit, trust
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 190:
      He paid his mother-in-law rent and, when the baker or the butcher or the grocer wouldn't let her have any more on tick, he paid the bills.
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VerbEdit

tick (third-person singular simple present ticks, present participle ticking, simple past and past participle ticked)

  1. (intransitive) To go on trust, or credit.
  2. (transitive) To give tick; to trust.

Etymology 5Edit

From Middle English tik-, tic-, tike-, tiken- (in compounds), an unassibilated form of Middle English tiche, tichen (young goat), from Old English tiċċen (young goat; kid), from Proto-Germanic *tikkīną (goatling), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *tigō (goat). Cognate with regional German Zicke (nanny goat), from Ziege (goat; nanny goat).

NounEdit

tick (plural ticks)

  1. (obsolete, place names) A goat.
    Tickhill
    Tickham
    Ticknock
    Tickenhall Drive
    Tickenhill Manor
    Tickenhurst

Usage notesEdit

  • Nowadays only found in place names. Fell out of common usage in the 13th century.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tick in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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NounEdit

tick n

  1. tick (quiet but sharp sound)

DeclensionEdit

Declension of tick 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative tick ticket tick ticken
Genitive ticks tickets ticks tickens