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  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+)


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'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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