from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A game played by two people, each trying to make a line of three X's or three O's in a boxlike figure with nine spaces.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of tic-tac-toe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game in which two players alternately put crosses and circles in one of the compartments of a square grid of nine spaces; the object is to get a row of three crosses or three circles before the opponent does


Probably imitative of the sounds of the original children's game, in which players brought pencils down on a numbered slate with their eyes shut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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