icky

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1935, American English; from icky-boo (circa 1920): sickly, nauseated; baby talk corruption of sick; from a sentimental term for Jazz music.

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icky (comparative ickier, superlative ickiest)

  1. (informal) Unpleasantly sticky; yucky; disgusting.
    I stepped in something icky and it smells terrible.
  2. (informal) Excessively sentimental.
  3. (informal) Unwell or upset; in a bad state of mind or health.
    I'm not going to work today. I just feel icky.

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