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


tickety-boo (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly Britain, informal) Correct, satisfactory.
    • 1947, Nevil Shute, The Chequer Board, W. Morrow, p. 220:
      I want everything to be all tickety-boo. I want to marry you properly according to the English law so that your people will know that I'm playing straight.