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 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 Some of these problems relate to his ticktock of events during the confusing early months of the pandemic and his effort to accentuate the visionary qualities of main characters like Mecher and Dean. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 The timeline and ticktock of that commission’s work now stands as a national canon for the events of that day. Philip Elliott, Time, 20 Apr. 2021 Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious ticktock noise. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ticktock.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ticktock

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ticktock


Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best alarm clocks.

Learn More About ticktock

Time Traveler for ticktock

Time Traveler

The first known use of ticktock was in 1848

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near ticktock



tick trefoil

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ticktock

Cite this Entry

“Ticktock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticktock. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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