- sticky to the touch; adhesive.
Origin of tacky1
- not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy.
- shabby in appearance; shoddy: a tacky, jerry-built housing development.
- crass; cheaply vulgar; tasteless; crude.
- gaudy; flashy; showy.
Origin of tacky2
Examples from the Web for tacky
“All of the ideas were so awful and tacky so I said no,” she says.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress
October 27, 2014
Some of the sweaters he thought were true works of art, and some he thought were just tacky or funny.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
At the Met, jewels by JAR may be tacky junk, but they tell us about ourselves.Liberace Would Have Balked
January 22, 2014
It was timeless, that wacky, tacky character she created; the cigarette holder was genius, paradoxically regal.Roseanne Barr Hails the Comedic Genius of Phyllis Diller
August 21, 2012
Yes, the tabloids can be tacky, sensationalist, intentionally misleading, and ethically suspect.What You Can Learn From John Edwards and Rielle Hunter
June 27, 2012
When the glaire has ceased to be “tacky,” the gold is laid on.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books
Madison, my first town, showed me that my clothes were homemade and tacky.
This effect is further magnified if the “tacky” piece of rubber is packed in close contact with previously unaffected rubber.
There is sufficient evidence to warrant the injunction that tacky rubber should be excluded from contact with sound rubber.
It has been stated that sound rubber left in contact with tacky specimens was found to be unaffected after two years.
- slightly sticky or adhesivethe varnish was still tacky
- shabby or shoddy
- ostentatious and vulgar
- US (of a person) dowdy; seedy
Word Origin and History for tacky
"in poor taste," 1862, adj. use of tackey (n.) "small or inferior horse" (1800), later "hillbilly, cracker" (1888), of uncertain origin.