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tacky1

[tak-ee] /ˈtæk i/
adjective, tackier, tackiest.
1.
sticky to the touch; adhesive.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; tack1 + -y1
Related forms
tackiness, noun

tacky2

[tak-ee] /ˈtæk i/
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
Related forms
tackiness, noun
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Examples from the web for tacky
  • The game itself looks cheap and tacky at best, though.
  • It was somewhat sweet smelling when burned and it does get a little tacky when in contact with alcohol.
  • The souvenirs might be a bit on the tacky side, but you'll discover plenty of intriguing items in these lively markets.
  • Complaining is tacky and pointless, especially by people who are supposedly smart enough to know better.
  • And today she's mostly famous for being famous, for having an incredibly hot husband and a relatively tacky wedding.
  • Along the way, the concept has gone from futuristic novelty to often-tacky tourist traps.
  • Sometimes the designs are tacky or derivative of modern art styles.
  • Here's a case where tacky novelty can actually result in something that keeps you safe and also makes you look cool.
  • The tacky, velvet-curtained room had been transformed into a combination stadium and stage.
  • It's tacky, and one is better served by decoding the dazzle that has you reaching for your purse.
British Dictionary definitions for tacky

tacky1

/ˈtækɪ/
adjective tackier, tackiest
1.
slightly sticky or adhesive: the varnish was still tacky
Derived Forms
tackily, adverb
tackiness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from tack1 (in the sense: stickiness)

tacky2

/ˈtækɪ/
adjective (informal) tackier, tackiest
1.
shabby or shoddy
2.
ostentatious and vulgar
3.
(US) (of a person) dowdy; seedy
Derived Forms
tackiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from dialect tacky an inferior horse, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tacky
adj.

"sticky," 1788, from tack (n.1) in the sense of "an act of attaching temporarily" + -y (2).

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for tacky

tack

noun

An equestrian's equipment for riding

[1924+; an abbreviation of tackle, ''equipment'']


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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