1

ticking

play
noun tick·ing \ ˈti-kiŋ \

Definition of ticking

:a strong linen or cotton fabric used in upholstering and as a covering for a mattress or pillow

Origin and Etymology of ticking


2

ticking

noun

Definition of ticking

:ticked marking on a bird or mammal or on individual hairs

Origin and Etymology of ticking



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ticking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!