ricky-tick

[ rik-ee-tik, -tik ]
/ ˈrɪk iˈtɪk, -ˌtɪk /
Informal.

noun

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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