\ ˈi-kē How to pronounce icky (audio) \
ickier; ickiest

Definition of icky

: offensive to the senses or sensibilities : distasteful put off by her icky triteness— Renata Adler

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ickiness \ ˈi-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce ickiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of icky in a Sentence

The trail was icky with mud. the novel has an icky sentimentality that makes my skin crawl
Recent Examples on the Web Scrape off scale with a fingernail, or if that’s too icky, try insecticidal soap or neem oil. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "Your Ultimate Guide to Caring for a Ficus Tree," 22 Jan. 2020 Deer with warts may look icky, but the meat is still fine. Tribune Media Services, al, "Alabama deer with monstrous warts ‘may look icky, but meat is fine,’ state says," 8 Jan. 2020 That icky location doesn’t surprise him or medical experts, since viruses that kill bacteria tend to live in bacteria-rich environments. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "He was going to lose his leg until doctors turned to cure older than dirt," 28 Dec. 2019 In other cases, when the thing involves embracing a value system that is icky at large, but probably not that bad in small doses, the choice becomes more complicated. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Q: Am I a bad parent if I let my kid star in unboxing videos on YouTube?," 1 Oct. 2019 For those who are really active outdoors, the Cresta Hiking Socks are another cult-favorite that are really lightweight but will also keep your feet warm but not icky during longer treks. Shayna Murphy And, USA TODAY, "15 things you need to get from L.L.Bean's early Black Friday sale," 14 Nov. 2019 What about something really icky, like getting Jane Alexander to play a woman who finds and grieves true love at an advanced age? Washington Post, "The ‘Modern Love’ TV show is just like the newspaper column: Sweet, self-centered and nauseating," 16 Oct. 2019 If romance is still an icky word in your preteen's world, Hakuna Matata, no worries. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Simba, Zazu and Scar are heading to Louisville with Disney's 'The Lion King' on Broadway," 25 Oct. 2019 Possibly the most luxe part, though, is the Stroller Detailing center, which much like having your car detailed, handles the icky part of toting around your kinds, prior to stowing it away. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Wonder Is TriBeCa's Parent-Child Soho House," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of icky

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for icky

perhaps baby talk alteration of sticky

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4 Feb 2020

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“Icky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ickiest. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of icky

informal : having a very unpleasant quality

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