the mechanical, repetitive style and beat of ragtime or early swing music.
adjective Also rick·y-tick·y [rik-ee-tik-ee, -tik-ee] /ˈrɪk iˈtɪk i, -ˌtɪk i/.
of or characteristic of such sound or beat.
corny or outmoded.
Origin of ricky-tick
First recorded in 1935–40; apparently imitative
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