tacky

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

tack +‎ -y

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Adjective[edit]

tacky ‎(comparative tackier, superlative tackiest)

  1. Of a substance, slightly sticky.
    This paint isn't dry yet; it's still a bit tacky.
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Etymology 2[edit]

In poor taste from 1888, from earlier sense shabby or seedy. Also see tackey ‎(neglected horse), Southern colloquialism from 1800s, later extended to persons.

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Adjective[edit]

tacky ‎(comparative tackier, superlative tackiest)

  1. (colloquial) Of low quality.
    That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
  2. (colloquial) In poor taste.
    That was a tacky thing to say.
  3. Gaudy, flashy, showy, garish.
  4. Dowdy, shabbily dressed.
  5. Shabby, dowdy in one's appearance.
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Noun[edit]

tacky ‎(plural tackies)

  1. Alternative form of tackey