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icky

[ik-ee] /ˈɪk i/
adjective, ickier, ickiest. Informal.
1.
repulsive or distasteful.
2.
excessively sweet or sentimental.
3.
unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
4.
sticky; viscid.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism; of uncertain origin
Related forms
ickiness, noun
Synonyms
1. revolting, nasty. 3. gummy, gooey, gucky.
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British Dictionary definitions for ickiness

icky

/ˈɪkɪ/
adjective ickier, ickiest
1.
sticky
2.
excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Forms
ickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ickiness

icky

adj.

1935, American English, probably from icky-boo (c.1920) "sickly, nauseated," probably baby talk elaboration of sick. Originally a swing lover's term for more sentimental jazz music; in general use from 1938.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ickiness

icky

adjective
  1. Overly sentimental; maudlin; schmaltzy: That music pleased my icky, lachrymose sensibility/ The prose gets a mite too icky-poo for comfort (1939+ Jive talk)
  2. Unpleasant; revolting; nasty; gross, grungy: Those cool comedies and quizzes became dumb, boring, icky, weird/ refuse to get involved in anything outside their own little ickey-wickey bailiwicks/ The acting is icky (1960s+)
noun

A conventional, tedious person; square: She turned out to be an icky (1935+)

[fr baby talk, ''sticky, nasty''; although perhaps fr Yiddish elken or iklen, ''to nauseate, revolt'']


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