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ricky-tick

[rik-ee-tik, -tik] /ˈrɪk iˈtɪk, -ˌtɪk/
noun
1.
the mechanical, repetitive style and beat of ragtime or early swing music.
adjective, Also, ricky-ticky
[rik-ee-tik-ee, -tik-ee] /ˈrɪk iˈtɪk i, -ˌtɪk i/ (Show IPA)
2.
of or characteristic of such sound or beat.
3.
corny or outmoded.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; apparently imitative
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Slang definitions & phrases for ricky-ticky

ricky-tick 1

adjective

Old-fashioned; outworn; corny: a brassy, ricky-ticky big band sound (1930+ Jazz musicians)

noun

Bouncy ragtime music of the 1920s (1930+ Jazz musicians)


ricky-tick 2

adjective

rinky-dink


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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