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tic

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noun \ˈtik\

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. 1 :  local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face :  twitching

  2. 2 :  a frequent usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech <“you know” is a verbal tic>

Examples of tic

  1. The verbal tic you know often occurs in her speech.

  2. <constantly playing with her hair is one of her more annoying tics>



Origin of tic

French


First Known Use: circa 1834


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tic

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noun \ˈtik\

Medical Definition of tic

  1. 1:  local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face :  twitching

  2. 2:  a habitual usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech




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