tick·​tock | \ ˈtik-ˈtäk How to pronounce ticktock (audio) , -ˌtäk \

Definition of ticktock

: the ticking sound of a clock

Examples of ticktock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His smooth control, the loose, musical roll of his shoulders, the ticktock rhythm of his walk — all signal the dancer within. Washington Post, "These 18 movie stars are also amazing dancers. That’s their real superpower.," 9 Jan. 2020 Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious ticktock noise. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Cycling at predictable intervals between Keith’s long, interior harangues and his brief, prickly interactions with the director, the play acquires a ticktock rhythm that prevents the buildup of momentum. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘American Moor,’ an Insider’s Guide to ‘Othello’," 8 Sep. 2019 But the cool blue tones of the keyboard and the precise ticktock of the percussion also signaled a new era. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How The Cars Upgraded Rock and Roll," 16 Sep. 2019 Manning is, at times, difficult to hear over the incessant ticktocks and the chiming and clanging on the hour and half-hour. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Is it time to see Connecticut? If you're chronometrically inclined (you like clocks and such), this is the place for you," 29 Oct. 2017 The film proceeds with a ticktock, seesaw rhythm, tracking Warner, then KC, as the years grind on. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Crown Heights' review: An innocent man's ordeal, and redemption," 31 Aug. 2017 The performer would listen to a few ticktocks to note the desired speed and then turn off the device to play or sing. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Ticktock as Taskmaster: A Show About Metronomes and Musical Time," 30 June 2017 No matter; his developing relationship with Stevie, sketched in a ticktock series of crises and comfortings, is merely a comic foil to the foreground adventures of Jack and Stephanie. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In Matthew Perry’s First Play, a Chandler Gone to Seed," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of ticktock

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Ticktock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticktock. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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