[ ik-ee ]
/ ˈɪk i /
adjective, ick·i·er, ick·i·est. Informal.
repulsive or distasteful.
excessively sweet or sentimental.
unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
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Origin of icky
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; of uncertain origin
OTHER WORDS FROM ickyick·i·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for ickiness
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British Dictionary definitions for ickiness
/ (ˈɪkɪ) /
adjective ickier or ickiest
excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived forms of ickyickiness, noun
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