- sticky to the touch; adhesive.
Origin of tacky1
- not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy.
- shabby in appearance; shoddy: a tacky, jerry-built housing development.
- crass; cheaply vulgar; tasteless; crude.
- gaudy; flashy; showy.
Origin of tacky2
1880–85, Americanism; apparently identical with earlier tack(e)y small horse, pony, poor farmer; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for tackiness
Is it any wonder then that tackiness was found to develop when the rubber was dry?
Naturally, tackiness developed in some of the rubber, and care was then taken to keep the windows closed.
The presence of the copper in brass is responsible for a gradual disintegration of the rubber, commonly recognised as “tackiness.”
Compounds have been put upon the market which assumedly claim to be cures for tackiness.
But in many cases even the higher grades of rubber show signs of tackiness.
- slightly sticky or adhesivethe varnish was still tacky
C18: from tack 1 (in the sense: stickiness)
- shabby or shoddy
- ostentatious and vulgar
- US (of a person) dowdy; seedy
C19: from dialect tacky an inferior horse, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tackiness
"in poor taste," 1862, adj. use of tackey (n.) "small or inferior horse" (1800), later "hillbilly, cracker" (1888), of uncertain origin.
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