\ ˌtik-ˌtak-ˈtō How to pronounce tic-tac-toe (audio) \
variants: or tick-tack-toe

Definition of tic-tac-toe

: a game in which two players alternately put Xs and Os in compartments of a figure formed by two vertical lines crossing two horizontal lines and each tries to get a row of three Xs or three Os before the opponent does

First Known Use of tic-tac-toe

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tic-tac-toe

tic-tac-toe, former game in which players with eyes shut brought a pencil down on a slate marked with numbers and scored the number hit

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The first known use of tic-tac-toe was circa 1866

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“Tic-tac-toe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tic-tac-toe. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tic-tac-toe

US : a game in which one player draws Xs and another player draws Os inside a set of nine squares and each player tries to be the first to fill a row of squares with either Xs or Os

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