ticky tacky

ticky-tacky

[tik-ee-tak-ee] Informal.
adjective
1.
shoddy and unimaginatively designed; flimsy and dull: a row of new, ticky-tacky bungalows.
2.
noun
3.
ticky-tacky material or something made of it, especially housing.
Also, ticky-tack.


Origin:
1960–65; gradational compound based on tacky2

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ticky tacky
"inferior, cheap material," 1962 (in song "Little Boxes"), reduplication of tacky.
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