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[tik-er] /ˈtɪk ər/
a telegraphic receiving instrument that automatically prints stock prices, market reports, etc., on a paper tape.
a person or thing that ticks.
Slang. a watch.
Slang. the heart.
Origin of ticker
1820-30; 1880-85 for def 4; tick1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ticker
  • Even though heart attacks may not be deadly, they can leave your ticker damaged.
  • The astronauts could come home to ticker tape parades.
  • So long as theories of trading patterns could be developed, it wouldn't matter what lies beneath a ticker symbol.
  • Sometimes, they have responded by changing their ticker symbols.
  • Mounds of confetti and ticker-tape in the streets bear a spooky resemblance to the debris of the attacks ten years later.
  • Instead of a search bar, there are friends' ticker feeds.
  • Take a deep breath, then enter a ticker symbol to see a real-time quote.
  • Tracking your ticker sometimes seems more trouble than it's worth.
  • He also came up with the heart stent that keeps our current vice president's ticker going.
  • Grab the horizontal bar between the ticker and the chat window below it.
British Dictionary definitions for ticker


  1. the heart
  2. a watch
a person or thing that ticks
(stock exchange) the US word for tape machine (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ticker

1821, "something that ticks," from tick (2); slang meaning "heart" first recorded 1930. Ticker tape (1902) is from ticker "telegraphic device for recording stock market quotations, etc." (1883).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ticker

tick 3

Related Terms

tight as a tick

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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