\ 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 icky (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 At the same time, there’s something undeniably icky about the fact men accused of sickening crimes continue to rake in big streaming dollars each day — alongside their record labels and music publishers. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, 3 Sep. 2021 While also alarming and objectively icky, my OB-GYN — as well as countless online mom groups and a few been-there-done-that friends — had warned me that this was common, and to be expected. Danielle Campoamo, Allure, 1 Sep. 2021 There’s also something icky about her ardor for Leto’s uncharismatic Joker. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 In the grand scheme of things, a baseball player feeling icky for a day is no big deal. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 30 Mar. 2021 In each case, though, the main takeaway is what a delicate touch that requires and how icky these movies feel, as well as the hope that this particular cinematic virus really is going away. Brian Lowry, CNN, 2 July 2021 While most air purifiers simply remove icky particles from the air, this dynamic device is also a white noise machine and an odor eliminator. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, 22 June 2021 Other industries are starting to catch up—witness the recent wave of writers monetizing their followings on Substack, or influencers soulfully peddling icky skinny teas. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 6 June 2021 A few summer skirts here and a couple of matching tops there will ensure you’re a sartorial success—no matter how hot and icky the days may be. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 3 June 2021

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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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8 Sep 2021

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“Icky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icky. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of icky

: having a very unpleasant quality


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