tack·​i·​ness ˈta-kē-nəs How to pronounce tackiness (audio)
: the quality or state of being tacky

Examples of tackiness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grip Coatings: Gloves are often coated on the palm and fingers with nitrile or silicone to provide greater tackiness and grip so objects don’t slip out of the user’s hands. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Apr. 2024 Xanthan gum: Xanthan gum is a powerful binder, providing essential adhesion and tackiness to gluten-free batters, which helps create light and airy textures. Shilpa Uskokovic, Bon Appétit, 15 Mar. 2024 The production design and costume departments get the look and feel of early 90s post-Communist tackiness down to the most microcosmic level, from the mullet haircuts on the men to the brass palm plants in the hotel rooms and the way everyone smoked everywhere in those days. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 For Chappell Roan, the drag persona of 25-year-old singer-songwriter Kayleigh Rose Amstutz, blue eye shadow’s associations with drag, tackiness, and hypersexuality are its superpower. Emily Leibert, Allure, 25 Jan. 2024 The theater, a live medium, wants spontaneity and weirdness and even a taste of tackiness on its big night out. Jesse Green, New York Times, 12 June 2023 There's no hint of bargain-basement tackiness about these two cars, particularly the 318is. William Jeanes, Car and Driver, 28 Apr. 2023 Rosin bags will remain legal but nothing else, not even a mixture of rosin and sunscreen and certainly not the extremely sticky substance called Spider Tack, which has been known to provide so much tackiness that major leaguers’ spin rates on their pitches can be increased by hundreds of RPMs. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2021 What one umpire’s view of stickiness is another’s view of tackiness. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tackiness was in 1883

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“Tackiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tackiness. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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tack·​i·​ness ˈtak-ē-nəs How to pronounce tackiness (audio)
: the quality or state of being tacky

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