tic

noun
\ ˈtik \

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

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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

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The great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci may have suffered from an unusual visual tic: an intermittent outward turn of the eye, clinically known as strabismus. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Da Vinci’s possible vision disorder may have influenced his art," 18 Oct. 2018 Many of Courtney 's videos include small verbal tics. Seventeen, "Beauty Vlogger Courtney Elizabeth Warner Shared a Video of Her Open Brain Surgery," 11 July 2017 Previous SlideNext Slide To create their game of tic-tac-toe, Qian et al. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Caltech scientists use DNA tiles to play tic-tac-toe at the nanoscale," 29 Dec. 2018 Hardy’s Brock is composed of weird facial tics, squeaky vocal inflections, and hunched body language. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 Again and again, they are told that vocal qualities and tics like higher pitch, upspeak, and vocal fry — which are usually associated with women — are worthy of condescension and invalidating to the speaker. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Star Wars voice actress mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s voice during Kavanaugh testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 The two women watch a television news report about a group of 18 girls in the same LeRoy where Jell-O had been founded who fell victim in 2011 to debilitating tics and twitches. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Jell-O Girls’ Review: They Broke the Mold," 13 Sep. 2018 Not only did that not work to quell the chatter, but the language of the tweet — which mirrored President Trump's rhetorical tics — kicked off a new round of speculation about whether it had been written by her husband or someone who writes for him. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Why Melania Trump's vanishing act matters," 4 June 2018 Stories of actors with preening egos, bad tempers, or eccentric performance tics are part of many a Hollywood legend. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jason Bateman’s Tired Defense of Jeffrey Tambor," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of tic

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tic

French

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tic

noun

English Language Learners 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

tic

noun
\ ˈtik \

Medical Definition of tic

1 : local and habitual spasmodic motion of particular muscles especially of the face : twitching
2 : a habitual usually unconscious quirk of behavior or speech

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