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Etymology 1[edit]

Possibly from entice, as below, suggesting the bowler's purpose.


tice (plural tices)

  1. (cricket, dated) A ball bowled to strike the ground about a bat's length in front of the wicket; a yorker.
    • 1862, James Picroft, The Cricket-Field, Or The History and the Science of the Game of Cricket, page 120,
      Bowlers should practise both toss and tice.
    • 1863 March 7, The Complete Guide to the Cricket Field: Chapter III: The Batsman, The Boy's Miscellany: An Illustrated Journal of Useful and Entertaining Literature for Youth, Volume 1, page 155,
      The tice is almost a full pitch. If you have a long reach, go in and play forward; if not, however, keep your bat down, and block it.
    • 1870 July, The Wykehamist, Number 33, page 1,
      Raynor, though somewhat wild, obtained an extraordinary number of wickets for very few runs, his fast "tices" quite puzzling the Eton bats.
    • 1911, Henry Charles Howard Suffolk and Berkshire (Earl of), Hedley Peek, Frederick George Aflalo, The Encyclopaedia of Sport & Games, Volume 1, page 452,
      A "yorker" (or "tice") pitches on, or within six inches of, the popping crease; [] .
  • (ball bowled to strike the pitch near the batsman's feet): yorker

Etymology 2[edit]

Aphetic form of entice.


tice (third-person singular simple present tices, present participle ticing, simple past and past participle ticed)

  1. (obsolete) To entice.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tice in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




From Middle English tyce, aphetic from Old French atisier (to stir up). Compare English entice.

  • Source:Concise Scots Dictionary, Aberdeen University Press, 1985



tice (third-person singular present tices, present participle ticin, past ticet, past participle ticet)

  1. to coax, entice, wheedle



tice m

  1. terce