ickier; ickiest
: offensive to the senses or sensibilities : distasteful
put off by her icky tritenessRenata Adler
ickiness 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 But now he’s returned to it with an icky vengeance. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 May 2024 The five blades are cloaked in aloe soap for a close, soothing shave, and the handle comes with a magnetic mount that sticks to the shower wall for easy access that fends off icky rust. Annie Blackman, Allure, 3 Apr. 2024 Poking fun at the doctor’s ambient sexism and largely eliminating his icky detour into eugenics are likewise improvements, as is an overall trim that reduces the playing time of the five-act play to barely two hours. Jesse Green, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Gosh, the optics here just don’t feel … something feels icky about this for some reason. Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for icky 

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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 13 Jun. 2024.

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