Ticky-tacky meaning

tĭkē-tăkē
The definition of ticky tacky is people or things that are tasteless, low quality and the same as others.

An example of ticky tacky is a poorly built suburban tract housing development.

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Shoddy material, as for the construction of standardized housing.
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Made of shoddy material; cheaply built.
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Shoddy or inferior material.
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Things, often, specif., cheap housing, made with shoddy or inferior materials, workmanship, etc.
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Cheap, inferior, petty, tasteless, etc.
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Alternative spelling of ticky-tacky. (Shoddy construction material).
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It may also refer to tar paper.
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(US) Cheap, low-quality building material, especially as that used to make conventional suburban housing of a uniform design.
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(US) Made of this material.
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Origin of ticky-tacky

  • Reduplication of tacky

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