tickety-boo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from an Indo-Aryan language: compare Hindi ठीक है, बाबू (ṭhīk hai, bābū, it's all right, sir). The phrase could have been picked up by British personnel in India before independence and spread in modified form to the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the Commonwealth.[1]

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Adjective[edit]

tickety-boo (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) Correct, satisfactory.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Tickety-boo” in Michael Quinion, World Wide Words[1], 8 April 2000.