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/pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pron. tɪsk/  Show Spelled [pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pron. tisk]  Show IPA


(used, often in quick repetition, as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)

for shame!


an exclamation of “tsk.”
–verb (used without object)


to utter the exclamation “tsk.”
Also, tsktsk .
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Tsk 1
tsk ( a  t -like sound made by suction rather than plosion; conventional spelling pronunciation,  tĭsk)
interj. Used to express disappointment or sympathy.
n. A sucking noise made by suddenly releasing the tongue from the hard palate, used to express disappointment or sympathy.
tsk  v.
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Word Origin & History


sound expressing commisseration or disapproval, 1947; as a verb, tsk-tsk  is recorded from 1967.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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