Definitions for tackyˈtæk i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tack•yˈtæk i(adj.)tack•i•er, tack•i•est.

  1. sticky to the touch; adhesive:

    a tacky liquid.

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Origin of tacky:

1780–90; tack1+-y1


tack•yˈtæk i(adj.)tack•i•er, tack•i•est.

  1. not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy:

    a tacky outfit.

  2. in poor taste; vulgar; crass:

    tacky jokes.

  3. of poor quality; cheaply made; shoddy:

    a tacky car.

  4. shabby; seedy.

Origin of tacky:

1880–85, Amer.; of obscure orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tacky(adj)

    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch

    "tacky varnish"

  2. brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy(adj)

    tastelessly showy

    "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tacky(adjective)ˈtæk i

    unsophisticated or of low quality

    a tacky little motel; tacky Christmas decorations


  1. tacky(Adjective)

    Of a substance, slightly sticky.

    This paint isn't dry yet - it's still a bit tacky.

  2. tacky(Adjective)

    Of low quality.

    That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.

  3. tacky(Adjective)

    In poor taste.

    That was a tacky thing to say.

  4. tacky(Adjective)

    gaudy, flashy, showy, garish

  5. tacky(Adjective)

    dowdy, shabbily dressed

  6. tacky(Adjective)

    shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance)

  7. Origin: Compare techy, tack a spot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tacky(adj)

    sticky; adhesive; raw; -- said of paint, varnish, etc., when not well dried

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