Definition of tsk tsk in US English:

tsk tsk

exclamation

  • Expressing disapproval or annoyance.

    ‘you of all people, Goldie—tsk, tsk’
    • ‘Then listen for the telltale tsk tsk, or check for that knowing nod of the head.’
    • ‘‘Oh, she wants to see you too,’ she told Luke and shook her finger at him in warning, ‘Tsk tsk tsk,’ before she left.’
    • ‘Tsk tsk tsk… You know what I do to people or animals who bug my patients,’ she said, smiling.’
    • ‘I haven't been for about 5 days i think… tsk tsk tsk… i was suppose to have lost 3 kg by now and i think i've actually put back the 2 that i had lost from the other week.’
    • ‘Tsk tsk tsk, you're underage, aren't you Jay?’
    • ‘Tsk tsk tsk, now there's no need to become violent.’
    • ‘He gave me several quotes, none of which I can print here and finished by saying, ‘Some people's children, tsk tsk tsk!’’
    • ‘Yeah, that was one long review and too bad I couldn't do justice to it by replying with such a short one… tsk tsk.’
    • ‘‘Tsk tsk tsk,’ Steve clucked when he emerged from his tent.’
    • ‘She shook her head sadly and made a tsk tsk sound.’
    • ‘What would have been a mild or moderate tsk-tsk early in the week became clear condemnation by the time the piece appeared.’
    • ‘‘I expected better from you Miss Fryn, and you were highly recommended for excellence… ‘Tsk tsk tsk.’’
    • ‘Every year Gene burns his buffalo grass lawn and every year people will go tsk tsk tsk - he will just ruin the grass.’
    • ‘She went with Jordan… and look what happened… tsk tsk.’
    • ‘Tsk tsk tsk, well Mandy maybe your friend Monika will give you a job.’

verb

[no object]
  • Make such an exclamation.

    • ‘She was sticking the stamp to her envelope when she began to tsk tsk.’
    • ‘Then the media can tsk tsk and say that the whole problem is how negative and partisan politics have become.’
    • ‘Suddenly a gentleman walked up to me, started to touch my hair and tsk tsk under his breath.’
    • ‘The family tsk-tsked, saying, ‘Sure, over there it happens.’’
    • ‘Theft, drinking under age, being a runaway… ‘He tsk-tsked, shaking his head with an amused expression.’’
    • ‘She tsk-tsked before going back to her homework.’
    • ‘Given the controversial nature of flat taxes, you'd expect them to find genuine enemies of the flat tax, but instead they award anonymity to a pair of sources who merely tsk-tsk about the policy.’
    • ‘Of course, this meant everyone knew everyone else's business as well, and the elders of the town were quick to tsk-tsk on any of the citizen's mistakes, especially if - heaven forbid - they came from an old family.’
    • ‘They tut-tut and tsk-tsk about the sadness, weirdness and pity of it all.’
    • ‘Journalism professors raised themselves up on their suede elbow patches to tsk-tsk.’
    • ‘Teachers have deducted points, drawn red circles and tsk-tsked at their classes.’
    • ‘Ideologically correct tsk-tsking about audience manipulation is not on his radar.’
    • ‘She quickly took my head and inspected it, tsk-tsking the entire time.’
    • ‘You're in your car, alone, nobody to tsk-tsk you, so go ahead and laugh!’
    • ‘We can be spectators, tsk-tsking to annihilation.’
    • ‘People love oohing and aahing over a bride - almost as much as they enjoy tsk-tsking about her wedding plans.’
    • ‘A common response to such proposals is to tsk-tsk: ‘Prohibitively expensive!’’
    • ‘Jeremy said something and she tsk-tsked sympathetically.’

Origin

1940s: imitative.

Pronunciation

tsk tsk

/tisk tisk/