\ 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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Other Words from icky

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
Recent Examples on the Web But plenty of people balked, citing that icky smell and/or taste. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Not a fan of funky papaya? Try it green with these recipes for National Papaya Month," 10 Sep. 2020 The portable filter removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites — no bulky contraptions or icky iodine tablet taste required. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "These are the 21 Amazon products we loved in August," 10 Sep. 2020 These icky eyeballs that'll folks will never unsee Beware the evil eye—all nine of them! Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "20 spooktacular Halloween decorations you can get on sale," 29 Aug. 2020 Also, in real life this woman’s name is actually Grace which raises a lot of icky questions about the robot Grace, but there’s no time for that now. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Umbrella Academy Season 2 Recap," 3 Aug. 2020 How about doubling the taxes on all that icky oil and natural gas production? Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Relief is not in sight for Texas’ underfunded public pension plans," 1 Aug. 2020 There’s something about seeing all that icky, goop escape your pores that feels really freeing. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "23 Grossest Pimple Popping Videos That Are Disgustingly Satisfying," 12 June 2020 Birds that had watched the videos ate fewer of the icky prey packets than those that had not, the researchers found. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "By Watching Videos, Birds Can Learn to Avoid Gross Foods," 24 Feb. 2020 Simply mix the gel-to-milk shot into your existing bottle of shampoo to strip away any icky debris. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "15 products that help keep hair healthy before your next cut," 2 June 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Icky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/icky. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of icky

informal : having a very unpleasant quality

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