noun, often capitalized
tach·​ism | \ ˈta-ˌshi-zəm How to pronounce tachism (audio) \

Definition of tachism

Other Words from tachism

tachist \ ˈta-​shist How to pronounce tachism (audio) \ or less commonly tachiste \ ta-​ˈshēst How to pronounce tachism (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of tachism

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tachism

French tachisme, from tache stain, spot, blob, from Old French teche, tache, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon tēkan sign, Old High German zeihhan — more at token entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About tachism

Time Traveler for tachism

Time Traveler

The first known use of tachism was in 1955

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near tachism




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for tachism

Cite this Entry

“Tachism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tachism. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

More from Merriam-Webster on tachism

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about tachism


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!