Definition of tic
- "you know" is a verbal tic
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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First Known Use: circa 1834See Words from the same year
: 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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