- A really ugly, gaudy and poorly decorated house is an example of something that would be described as tacky.
- Sticky paint that isn't yet dry is an example of something that would be described as tacky.
The definition of tacky is something tasteless and overdone, or something that is still sticky.
sticky: said as of varnish before it is fully dry
Origin of tackytack () + -y
- dowdy or shabby, as in dress or appearance
- in poor taste; inelegant
Origin of tacky; from tacky, hillbilly ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
adjectivetack·i·er, tack·i·est Informal
- a. Lacking style or good taste; tawdry: tacky clothes.b. Distasteful or offensive; tasteless: a tacky remark.
- Flimsy, rundown, or in poor repair: “a tacky room he could tear apart with his bare hands” (John Edgar Wideman).
Origin of tackyFrom tackey, an inferior horse.
Slightly adhesive or gummy to the touch; sticky.
Origin of tackyFrom tack1.
(comparative tackier, superlative tackiest)
- Of a substance, slightly sticky.
- This paint isn't dry yet - it's still a bit tacky.
- (colloquial) Of low quality.
- That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
- (colloquial) In poor taste.
- That was a tacky thing to say.
- gaudy, flashy, showy, garish
- dowdy, shabbily dressed
- shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance)