Definition of tickety-boo in US English:



dated, informal
  • predicative In good order; fine.

    ‘everything is tickety-boo’
    • ‘A liberal spraying of spot lawn weeder and all was tickety-boo.’
    • ‘The situation sounds winningly tickety-boo given that I only understand one sentence in 50.’
    • ‘Hoon must go, but first he must sort out all his advisers who were telling him everything was tickety-boo and it obviously wasn't.’
    • ‘When matrons ran hospitals and made morning rounds, everything on the wards had to be tickety-boo.’
    • ‘They had been heading to another town but stopped in Majar Kabir ‘to check everything was tickety-boo,’ as one senior British soldier told The Observer.’
    • ‘‘It would be wrong to buy a business which is 100% tickety-boo because then you would almost certainly have overpaid for it,’ Locke says.’
    satisfactory, all right, fine, in order, acceptable, up to scratch, up to the mark, up to standard, up to par, competent
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1930s: perhaps from Hindi ṭhīk hai ‘all right’.