Definition of tic-tac-toe in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɪktakˈtəʊ
(also tick-tack-toe)


  • North American term for noughts and crosses.
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    • Use washable window markers to make colorful creations that even passers-by can enjoy, or to play endless, paper-free games like tic-tac-toe and hangman.
    • So, is the universe to us a game of tic-tac-toe or a game of chess?
    • Consider the problem, ‘How can I win the game of tick-tack-toe?’


1960s: imitative; from tick-tack, used earlier to denote games in which the pieces made clicking sounds.

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