Simple Definition of tic
: a small repeated movement of a muscle especially in the face that cannot be controlled
: a word or phrase that someone frequently says or an action that someone frequently does without intending to
Full Definition of tic
1 : local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face : twitching
2 : a frequent usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech <“you know” is a verbal tic>
Examples of tic
The verbal tic “you know” often occurs in her speech.
<constantly playing with her hair is one of her more annoying tics>
Origin of tic
First Known Use: circa 1834
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