Synonyms of tick in English:


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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
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’

    soon, very soon, 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 momentarily
    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 informal in a snap
    tick over

    ‘the engine was just ticking over’

    idle, run slowly in neutral
    tick someone off

    1‘she ticked the children off for being late’

    reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambast, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, lecture, criticize, censure
    British haul over the coals
    informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    British informal have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    Australian informal monster
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking, tear someone a new arsehole, rip someone a new arsehole
    North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass, tear someone a new asshole, rip someone a new asshole
    dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    rare reprehend, objurgate

    praise, commend, compliment

    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
    British rub up the wrong way
    Northern English mither
    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 under someone's skin, give someone a hard time
    British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across, get up someone's nose
    North American informal rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
    New Zealand informal rark
    vulgar slang piss off
    British vulgar slang get on someone's tits