icky

[ik-ee]
adjective, ick·i·er, ick·i·est. Informal.
  1. repulsive or distasteful.
  2. excessively sweet or sentimental.
  3. unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
  4. sticky; viscid.

Origin of icky

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; of uncertain origin
Related formsick·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for icky

1. revolting, nasty. 3. gummy, gooey, gucky.
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British Dictionary definitions for ickiness

icky

adjective ickier or ickiest
  1. sticky
  2. excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Formsickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ickiness

icky

adj.

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.

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