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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɪkɪti ˌbuː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtikiti ˌbu/, /-ɡəɾi/
- Hyphenation: tic‧ke‧ty boo
tickety-boo (not comparable)
- (chiefly Britain, informal) Correct, satisfactory.
1947, Nevil Shute [pseudonym; Nevil Shute Norway], chapter 6, in The Chequer Board, [London]: William Heinemann, OCLC 919744039; republished New York, N.Y.: William Morrow & Company, 1947, OCLC 881846336, page 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 with you.