ickier; ickiest
: offensive to the senses or sensibilities : distasteful
put off by her icky triteness Renata Adler
ickiness noun

Example Sentences

The trail was icky with mud. the novel has an icky sentimentality that makes my skin crawl
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Word History


perhaps baby talk alteration of sticky

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of icky was in 1929

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“Icky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icky. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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