icky

[ ik-ee ]
/ ˈɪk i /
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adjective, ick·i·er, ick·i·est. Informal.

repulsive or distasteful.
excessively sweet or sentimental.
unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
sticky; viscid.

Nearby words

  1. ick,
  2. icker,
  3. ickes,
  4. ickle,
  5. icknield way,
  6. icon,
  7. iconic,
  8. iconic memory,
  9. iconium,
  10. icono-

Origin of icky

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; of uncertain origin

Related formsick·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for icky

icky

/ (ˈɪkɪ) /

adjective ickier or ickiest

sticky
excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Formsickiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for icky

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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