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Etymology 1Edit

tack +‎ -y

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

tacky (comparative tackier, superlative tackiest)

  1. Of a substance, slightly sticky.
    This paint isn't dry yet; it's still a bit tacky.
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Etymology 2Edit

Sense "in poor taste" from 1888, from earlier sense meaning "shabby" or "seedy". Also see tackey (neglected horse), Southern US colloquialism from 1800s, later extended to people.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

tacky (comparative tackier, superlative tackiest)

  1. (colloquial) Of low quality.
    That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
  2. (colloquial) In poor taste.
    That was a tacky thing to say.
  3. Gaudy, flashy, showy, garish.
  4. Dowdy, shabbily dressed.
  5. Shabby, dowdy in one's appearance.
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NounEdit

tacky (plural tackies)

  1. Alternative form of tackey