ticky-tacky

noun
\ ˌti-kē-ˈta-kē How to pronounce ticky-tacky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ticky-tack \ ˌti-​kē-​ˈtak How to pronounce ticky-tacky (audio) \
plural ticky-tackies also ticky-tacks

Definition of ticky-tacky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: sleazy or shoddy material used especially in the construction of look-alike tract houses also : something built of ticky-tacky

ticky-tacky

adjective
variants: or less commonly ticky-tack

Definition of ticky-tacky (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of an uninspired or monotonous sameness
3 : built of ticky-tacky

First Known Use of ticky-tacky

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ticky-tacky

Noun

reduplication of tacky

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“Ticky-tacky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticky-tacky. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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