Definitions for tictɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: tic douloureux.

  2. a persistent behavioral trait; personal quirk.

Origin of tic:

1790–1800; < F (of expressive orig.)


  1. a suffix, equivalent in meaning to

    -sis: neurotic; systaltic.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: -ic 1

Origin of -tic:

< Gk -tikos, extracted from adjs. derived with -ikos -ic from agent nouns ending in -tēs; cf. athlete and athletic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tic(noun)

    a local and habitual twitching especially in the face


  1. tic(Noun)

    A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles.

  2. tic(Noun)

    Shortened form of ticket

  3. tic(Verb)

    To exhibit a tic; to undergo convulsive muscle movements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tic(noun)

    a local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; -- called also spasmodic tic


  1. Tic

    A tic is a sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic motor movement or vocalization involving discrete muscle groups. Tics can be invisible to the observer, such as abdominal tensing or toe crunching. Common motor and phonic tics are, respectively, eye blinking and throat clearing. Tics must be distinguished from movements of other movement disorders such as chorea, dystonia, myoclonus; movements exhibited in stereotypic movement disorder or some people with autism; and the compulsions of obsessive-compulsive disorder and seizure activity.

Anagrams of tic

  1. cit ICT

  2. cit

  3. ICT

Translations for tic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a nervous, involuntary movement or twitch of a muscle, especially of the face

She has a nervous tic below her left eye.

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