\ˈi-kē \
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 \ 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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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 Common olfactory hallucinations include lots of icky odors. NBC News, "Phantom smells may be a sign of trouble," 10 July 2018 Descriptions of her are icky either in their prurience or disgust, with a creepy focus on her body. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 The kitchen towel is no slouch in the icky competition, either. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "A simple Google search turned me into a germophobe," 2 July 2018 Have peach pastels ever been used so well onstage, or looked so icky? Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "With “Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury Breaks the Fourth Wall," 24 June 2018 The garden below, though pretty, teems with bubble-gum plant forms bordering on icky science fiction. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 2018 Hereditary does have some scenes that could qualify as gory, or maybe just icky. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Artfully Made Hereditary Is the Latest Horror Film to Elevate the Genre," 7 June 2018 There’s a part of me that thinks: In this Trump era, Trump dominates and has made celebrity-as-leverage something rather icky. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Have you heard the one about the Pope? A sneak peek from Jim Gaffigan’s upcoming show," 13 Mar. 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

: having a very unpleasant quality

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