\ ˈyə-kē How to pronounce yucky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly yukky
yuckier also yukkier; yukkiest

Definition of yucky

: repugnant, distasteful also : unpleasant, disagreeable felt yucky a yucky chore

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Examples of yucky in a Sentence

The water was dirty and smelled yucky. I felt yucky after eating all that cake.
Recent Examples on the Web The relationship is obviously to kids: parents only push them to eat foods that are yucky. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 The easiest way to get rid of yucky residue is to use a toilet cleaner made specifically for hard water stain removal, like Scrubbing Bubbles Power Stain Destroyer. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2021 The children never got more than a few tired days and a yucky cough. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2020 The only other place in the country with yucky weather will be the Pacific Northwest. Judson Jones, CNN, 2 Nov. 2020 In fact, beeswax candles work to neutralize the pollutants creeping around your house, everything from dust and mold to mildew and yucky odors. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 1 Oct. 2020 Dear Readers: To avoid having to clean up those yucky, sticky drip rings left from the bottoms of condiment containers, such as ketchup and mustard, give them a quick wipe before returning them to your refrigerator shelf. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2020 The yummy almonds were wrapped in a white packet stamped with a black cross, while the yucky ones were labelled with squares. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2020 For young people, for kids, there's this fascination about things that are yucky or gross or disgusting. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of yucky

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Yucky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yucky. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yucky

: causing discomfort, disgust, or a strong feeling of dislike : unpleasant and disgusting
: having an unpleasant feeling in your stomach : somewhat sick


\ ˈyə-kē \
yuckier; yuckiest

Kids Definition of yucky

: causing discomfort, disgust, or a strong feeling of dislike a yucky smell


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