ricky ticky

ricky-tick

[rik-ee-tik, -tik] Informal.
noun
1.
the mechanical, repetitive style and beat of ragtime or early swing music.
adjective Also, ricky-ticky [rik-ee-tik-ee, -tik-ee] .
2.
of or characteristic of such sound or beat.
3.
corny or outmoded.

Origin:
1935–40; apparently imitative

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