/tik"tak'/, n.
1. a repetitive sound, as of ticking, tapping, knocking, or clicking: the ticktack of high heels in the corridor.
2. a device for making a tapping sound, as against a window or door in playing a practical joke.
3. to make a repeated ticking or tapping sound: Sleet ticktacked against the window panes.
Also, tictac.
[1540-50; imit. See TICK1]

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