\ 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

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Depending on the final details, those Ryzen cores should sing—especially compared to those icky old Jaguar ones. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Why Sony's PlayStation 5 specs matter to PC gamers: Ryzen, Radeon, SSDs, and ray tracing," 16 Apr. 2019 So maybe there's hope that women can overcome that icky, unspoken implication that standing tall and claiming ownership of our success is unseemly, inappropriate, or unladylike. Andrea Bartz, Good Housekeeping, "Look, I'm a Self-Promoting Woman. And I’m Not Apologizing for It.," 14 Feb. 2019 Nothing disrupts the calm, meditative benefits of yoga like the thought of practicing your poses on an icky mat. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Clean Your Yoga Mat," 6 Mar. 2019 This is icky moral territory to wade into at any time, but especially in an era when terrible men are newly exposed every day, and asking viewers to spend a 10-episode season trapped inside the brain of one feels like a tall order. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "You, now streaming on Netflix, tilts the rom-com into postmodern horror," 27 Dec. 2018 The needs of the next generation of young women superseded my own personal embarrassment of talking about my period or this icky disease. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "We Asked Padma Lakshmi: What's Your Most Irrational Fear?," 6 Dec. 2018 And while the association alone may seem icky, many experts consider these young human fibroblast cells the ideal source of growth factors for skin rejuvenation. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 Sharing mascara is one of the easiest ways to spread icky germs that can lead to an eye infection! 7. Ariel Nagi, Seventeen, "7 Major Mistakes You Make Putting On Mascara," 29 Sep. 2014 This would be helpful to Democrats not just for the opportunity to gross out female voters already feeling icky about the GOP but also to intensify Republican infighting on the subject. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Will a justice delayed be a justice denied?," 19 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of icky

informal : having a very unpleasant quality

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