tackiness

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tacky

2 [tak-ee]
adjective, tackier, tackiest.
1.
not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy.
2.
shabby in appearance; shoddy: a tacky, jerry-built housing development.
3.
crass; cheaply vulgar; tasteless; crude.
4.
gaudy; flashy; showy.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; apparently identical with earlier tack(e)y small horse, pony, poor farmer; of obscure origin

tackiness, noun
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tacky or tackey1 (ˈtækɪ)
 
adj , tackier, tackiest
slightly sticky or adhesive: the varnish was still tacky
 
[C18: from tack1 (in the sense: stickiness)]
 
tackey or tackey1
 
adj
 
[C18: from tack1 (in the sense: stickiness)]
 
'tackily or tackey1
 
adv
 
'tackiness or tackey1
 
n

tacky2 (ˈtækɪ)
 
adj , tackier, tackiest
1.  shabby or shoddy
2.  ostentatious and vulgar
3.  (US) (of a person) dowdy; seedy
 
[C19: from dialect tacky an inferior horse, of unknown origin]
 
'tackiness2
 
n

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tacky
"sticky," 1788, from tack (1) in the sense of "an act of attaching temporarily."

tacky
"in poor taste," 1862, adj. use of tackey (n.) "small or inferior horse" (1800), later "hillbilly, cracker" (1888), of uncertain origin.
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tacky definition


  1. mod.
    cheap; crude. : That was a tacky thing to do to her.
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : Tom was a little tacky, so he gave me his car keys.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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