- repulsive or distasteful.
- excessively sweet or sentimental.
- unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
- sticky; viscid.
Origin of icky
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Examples from the Web for icky
One lefty tweeter even complained that an invasion of icky American tourists would undermine “family values” in Cuba.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
If he sees a child held in such a way now, it gives him “an icky feeling.”Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too
May 6, 2014
The celeb-endorsed craze promises to flush your body of icky impurities with a flood of juice.The Truth About Cleansing
June 28, 2013
The greatest thing about Jennie and the book that (just barely) contains her is that no icky morals are conveyed.Maurice Sendak Didn’t Just Make Books for Children, but for Everyone
May 9, 2012
Greg Smith woke up one morning this month, covered from head to toe in icky, slimy Vampire-Squid ink.Goldman Sachs Executive Quits in a New York Times Piece, Did He Just Realize What Goldman Does?
March 14, 2012
The most important fact is that Icky Jones has been a fool for over twenty year.When the Cock Crows
ICKY took flight with them, and got so close to the sun that the wax melted and his wings came off.
- excessively sentimental or emotional
Word Origin and History for icky
1935, American English, probably from icky-boo (c.1920) "sickly, nauseated," probably baby talk elaboration of sick. Originally a swing lover's term for more sentimental jazz music; in general use from 1938.