Definition of tic-tac-toe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also tick-tack-toe) noun
BrE BrE//ˌtɪk tæk ˈtəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtɪk tæk ˈtoʊ//
(North American English) (British English noughts and crosses) [uncountable] Board games, Children's games
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a simple game in which two players take turns to write Os or Xs in a set of nine squares. The first player to complete a row of three Os or three Xs is the winner. See related entries: Board games, Children's games Word Origin1960s: imitative; from tick-tack, used earlier to denote games in which the pieces made clicking sounds.
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