Tacky definition

tăkē
Slightly adhesive or gummy to the touch; sticky.
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In poor taste; inelegant.
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(colloquial) In poor taste.

That was a tacky thing to say.

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Shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance)
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Sticky.
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Dowdy or shabby, as in dress or appearance.
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The definition of tacky is something tasteless and overdone, or something that is still sticky.

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.

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Flimsy, rundown, or in poor repair.
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Lacking style or good taste; tawdry.

Tacky clothes.

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Distasteful or offensive; tasteless.

A tacky remark.

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Of a substance, slightly sticky.

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

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(colloquial) Of low quality.

That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
tacky
Comparative:
tackier
Superlative:
tackiest

Origin of tacky

  • From tackey an inferior horse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From tack

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare techy, tack a spot.

    From Wiktionary