ticktock

noun

tick·​tock ˈtik-ˈtäk How to pronounce ticktock (audio)
-ˌtäk
: the ticking sound of a clock

Examples of ticktock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Climate change registered to snow hydrologists as a future problem, but for the most part their job remained squarely hydrology: working out the ticktock of a highly variable yet presumably coherent water cycle. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2024 Well, that's a great ticktock, Rikki, of what to expect. CBS News, 2 Apr. 2023 Their ticktock of the events slows down to explain a lot of this background, along with details that only make the film’s visuals more terrifying, like the fact that at one point the firestorm was moving as fast as 21 miles per hour—while evacuees were stuck in traffic on the way out of town. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 19 Nov. 2020 The public is offered a timeline of events, a preliminary ticktock, not of why the mayhem unfolded but of how it was put down. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Back, forth, 1 o’clock, 10 o’clock, ticktock, like a poem with iambic meter. Patrick Mooney, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2022 Goodwin’s diaries of Kennedy’s assassination brim with ticktock detail. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 And because of that, on a practical level, the normal journalistic account of this, the forensic ticktock of when did the abuse begin and what actually happened, was almost impossible to tell — just because nobody would cooperate. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 Sometimes the camera will pan back and forth in a ticktock pendulum fashion (get it?) and return to its starting point to reveal a terrifying change. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 23 July 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ticktock was in 1848

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“Ticktock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticktock. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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ticktock

noun
tick·​tock ˈtik-ˈtäk How to pronounce ticktock (audio)
-ˌtäk
: the ticking sound of a clock
Etymology

imitative

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