Synonyms of tick in English:


See definition of tick


1‘all that was required was a tick in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ column’


mark, stroke, dash, line

North American check, check mark

2‘the tick of his watch’


clicking, click, clack, clacking, click-clack, ticking, tick-tock, snick, snicking, plock, plocking, beat, tap, tapping

3‘I won't be a tick’


moment, second, minute, bit, little while, short time, instant, split second

British informal sec, jiffy, jiff

British informal mo, two ticks


a long time


1‘he should have ticked the box for no publicity’


mark, mark off, check off, indicate

2‘I could hear the clock ticking’


click, clack, tick-tock, snick, plock, beat, tap


    in a tick

      ‘I'll be with you in a tick’


      in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any second, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long

      North American British informal


      British informal

      in a jiffy, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knife

      British informal

      in two ticks, in a mo

      North American British informal

      in a snap

    tick someone off

      1‘she ticked the children off for being late’

      2‘he is seen as an outsider, and that really ticks me off’


      annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, vex, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, discompose, put out, try, try someone's patience, get on someone's nerves, bother, trouble, worry, agitate, ruffle, hound, rankle with, nag, torment, pain, distress, tease, frustrate, chafe, grate, fret, gall, outrage, displease, offend, disgust, dissatisfy, disquiet

      North American British

      rub up the wrong way

      Northern English North American


      North American informal

      peeve, miff, bug, bite, eat, hassle, aggravate, rile, get to, hack off, make someone's blood boil, make someone see red, get someone's goat, get someone's hackles up, make someone's hackles rise, get someone's back up, get someone's dander up, drive up the wall, drive bananas, needle, be a thorn in someone's flesh, be a thorn in someone's side, be a pain in the neck, ruffle someone's feathers, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, get under someone's skin, give someone a hard time

      North American British informal

      nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across

      North American informal

      rankle, ride, gravel, bum out

      North American NZ informal


      North American vulgar slang

      piss off

      North American British vulgar slang

      get on someone's tits

    tick over

      ‘the engine was just ticking over’


      idle, run slowly in neutral