ticky-tacky

1 of 2

noun

variants or less commonly ticky-tack
plural ticky-tackies also ticky-tacks
: sleazy or shoddy material used especially in the construction of look-alike tract houses
also : something built of ticky-tacky

ticky-tacky

2 of 2

adjective

variants or less commonly ticky-tack
1
: of an uninspired or monotonous sameness
2
3
: built of ticky-tacky

Word History

Etymology

Noun

reduplication of tacky

First Known Use

Noun

1962, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ticky-tacky was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

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

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