follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

tic

[tik] /tɪk/
noun
1.
Pathology.
  1. a sudden, spasmodic, painless, involuntary muscular contraction, as of the face.
  2. tic douloureux.
2.
a persistent or recurrent behavioral trait; personal quirk:
her distinctive verbal tics.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French (of expressive orig.)
Can be confused
tic, tick.

-tic

1.
a suffix, equivalent in meaning to -ic, occurring in adjectives of Greek origin (analytic), used especially in the formation of adjectives from nouns with stems in -sis: hematotic; neurotic.
Origin
< Greek -tikos, extracted from adjectives derived with -ikos -ic from agent nouns ending in -tēs; cf. hieratic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for tic

tic

/tɪk/
noun (pathol)
1.
spasmodic twitching of a particular group of muscles
Word Origin
C19: from French, of uncertain origin; compare Italian ticche
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tic
n.

twitching of a facial muscle, 1822, often a shortening of tic douloureux "severe facial neuralgia," literally "painful twitch" (1800), from French tic "a twitching disease of horses" (early 17c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests an imitative origin; French etymologists compare it to Italian ticchio "whim, caprice."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
tic in Medicine

tic (tĭk)
n.
A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities. Also called habit spasm.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for tic

TIC

  1. tongue in cheek
  2. total inorganic carbon
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Slide the arrow to see easier and harder words for tic
Easy Moderate Difficult

Word Value for tic

5
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with tic

Nearby words for tic