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 in a sentence
The verbal tic “you know” often occurs in her speech.
constantly playing with her hair is one of her more annoying tics
Origin and Etymology of tic
First Known Use: circa 1834
TIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tic for English Language Learners
: 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
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