icky

[ik-ee]
See more synonyms for icky on Thesaurus.com
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

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
1. revolting, nasty. 3. gummy, gooey, gucky.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for icky

Contemporary Examples of icky

Historical Examples of icky


British Dictionary definitions for icky

icky

adjective ickier or ickiest
  1. sticky
  2. excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Formsickiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper