Tico

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish tico which arose from the frequent use of the diminutive suffix -tico in Costa Rica.

Adjective[edit]

Tico (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Costa Rican
    • October 1946, National Geographic
      The musical intonation and liberal use of diminutives make Tico Spanish particularly effective for expressing sentiment and affection.

Noun[edit]

Tico (plural Ticos)

  1. (slang) Costa Rican
    • 1980, Leonard St. Clair, Obsessions
      Most of the people here are from the embassies. The Ticos—that's what the natives call themselves—come in the evening.

References[edit]

  • "Tico, n. and adj.". OED Online. March 2013. Oxford University Press.