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noun \ˈtik\

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of tic

French


First Known Use: circa 1834


TIC Defined for English Language Learners

tic

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noun \ˈtik\

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


Medical Dictionary

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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