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ticky-tacky

[tik-ee-tak-ee]Informal.
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adjective
  1. shoddy and unimaginatively designed; flimsy and dull: a row of new, ticky-tacky bungalows.
  2. tacky2.
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noun
  1. ticky-tacky material or something made of it, especially housing.
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Sometimes tick·y-tack.

Origin of ticky-tacky

First recorded in 1960–65; gradational compound based on tacky2
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Word Origin and History for ticky-tacky

n.

"inferior, cheap material," 1962 (in song "Little Boxes" by U.S. political folk-singer Malvina Reynolds, 1900-1978), reduplication of tacky.

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