variants or less commonly yukky
yuckier also yukkier; yukkiest
: repugnant, distasteful
also : unpleasant, disagreeable
felt yucky
a yucky chore

Examples of yucky in a Sentence

The water was dirty and smelled yucky. I felt yucky after eating all that cake.
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Word History



First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yucky was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Yucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


yuckier; yuckiest
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