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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

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Origin and Etymology of tic

French


TIC Defined for English Language Learners

tic

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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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