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tacky

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adjective \ˈta-kē\

Definition of tacky

tackier

tackiest

  1. :  somewhat sticky to the touch <tacky varnish>; also :  characterized by tack :  adhesive



Origin and Etymology of tacky

2tack


First Known Use: 1788


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tacky

adjective

Definition of tacky

tackier

tackiest

  1. 1a :  characterized by lack of good breeding <couldn't run around downtown…in a bikini, which was tacky — Cyra McFadden>b :  shabby, seedy <a tacky town whose citrus groves were blighted by smoke — Bryce Nelson>

  2. 2 :  not having or exhibiting good taste: asa :  marked by lack of style :  dowdyb :  marked by cheap showiness :  gaudy <a tacky publicity stunt> <a tacky outfit>



Origin and Etymology of tacky

tacky a low-class person


First Known Use: 1862



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