tick

tick
{{11}}tick (n.1) parasitic blood-sucking arachnid animal, O.E. ticia, from W.Gmc. *tik- (Cf. M.Du. teke, Du. teek, O.H.G. zecho, Ger. Zecke "tick"), of unknown origin. Fr. tique (mid-15c.), It. zecca are Germanic loan-words.
{{12}}tick (n.2) mid-15c., "light touch or tap," probably from TICK (Cf. tick) (v.) and cognate with Du. tik, M.H.G. zic, and perhaps echoic. Meaning "sound made by a clock" is probably first recorded 1540s; tick-tock is recorded from 1848.
{{12}}tick (n.3) "credit," 1640s, shortening of TICKET (Cf. ticket) (n.).
{{13}}tick (v.) early 13c., "to touch or pat," perhaps from an Old English verb corresponding to TICK (Cf. tick) (n.2), and perhaps ultimately echoic. Cf. O.H.G. zeckon "to pluck," Du. tikken "to pat," Norw. tikke "touch lightly." Related: Ticked; ticking.
To tick (someone) off is from 1915, originally "to reprimand, scold." The verbal phrase tick off was in use in several senses at the time: as what a telegraph instrument does when it types out a message (1873), as what a clock does in marking the passage of time (1846), to enumerate on one's fingers (1899), and in accountancy, etc., "make a mark beside an item on a sheet with a pencil, etc.," often indicating a sale (by 1881). This might be the direct source of the phrase, perhaps via WWI military bureaucratic sense of being marked off from a list as "dismissed" or "ineligible." Meaning "to annoy" is recorded from 1975.

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