- repulsive or distasteful.
- excessively sweet or sentimental.
- unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
- sticky; viscid.
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The ickiness of this issue makes it a tough one for many people to discuss, which is a shame.Penn State Sex-Abuse Case Revives Issue of Using Chemical Castration
November 11, 2011
- excessively sentimental or emotional
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.