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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tacky souvenirs
▪ cheap, tacky furniture in bright colors
▪ I think it's kind of tacky to give her a present that someone else gave you.
▪ The paint's still a little tacky.
▪ The room was decorated to look like a cartoon Swiss village, but managed to be cheerfully tacky.
▪ Every notice is up to date, attractive, perfectly aligned on the purpose-built tacky surface.
▪ Knead for 10 to 12 minutes till dough is soft and elastic, tacky but not sticky.
▪ Some of the things we did were inappropriate, were tacky, were wrong.
▪ The dough should be elastic, soft, tacky, but not sticky and the seeds should be evenly distributed.
▪ The general quality of the whole machine is let down by the tacky keyboard.
▪ When tacky, start fixing the shells in place.
▪ While Almond aims for tacky, spunky cabaret rock, he's about as subversive as Come Dancing.
▪ Yes, it was tacky, but some of those pictures were folk art.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tacky \Tack"y\, a. [Cf. Techy, Tack a spot.] Sticky; adhesive; raw; -- said of paint, varnish, etc., when not well dried. [U. S.]


Tacky \Tack"y\, a. [Etymol. uncert.]

  1. Dowdy, shabby, or neglected in appearance; unkempt.

  2. In poor taste; appearing cheap; gaudy; unstylish. Broadly used to describe objects whose style is disapproved of by the speaker.

  3. Tactless; in poor taste; -- used to describe behavior.


Tacky \Tack"y\, n. [Written also tackey.] An ill-conditioned, ill-fed, or neglected horse; also, a person in a like condition. [Southern U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"sticky," 1788, from tack (n.1) in the sense of "an act of attaching temporarily" + -y (2). Related: Tackiness "stickiness."


"in poor taste," 1888, from earlier sense of "shabby, seedy" (1862), adjectival use of tackey (n.) "ill-fed or neglected horse" (1800), later extended to persons in like condition, "hillbilly, cracker" (1888), of uncertain origin. Related: Tackiness.\n\nThe word "tacky" is a Southern colloquialism. It was coined by a wealthier or more refined and educated class for general application to those who were not sheltered by the branches of a family tree, who were "tainted." Those who were wealthy and yet had no great-grandfathers were "tackies." The word was used both in contempt and in derision. It is now nearly obsolete in both senses. There are no aristocrats in the South now, and therefore no "tackies." No man who has the instincts of a gentleman is spoken of as a "tacky," whether he can remember the name of his grandfather's uncle or not. But it has its uses. It is employed in describing persons of low ideas and vulgar manners, whether rich or poor. It may mean an absence of style. In dress, anything that is tawdry is "tacky." A ribbon on the shopkeeper's counter, a curtain in the bolt, a shawl or bonnet, a bolt of cloth fresh from the loom may be "tacky," because it is cheap and yet pretentious. In Louisiana the inferior grade of Creole ponies are known as "tackies." [Horace Ingraham, Charleston, S.C., in "American Notes and Queries," Feb. 15, 1890] \n


a. 1 Of a substance, slightly sticky. 2 (context colloquial English) Of low quality. 3 (context colloquial English) In poor taste. 4 gaudy, flashy, showy, garish 5 dowdy, shabbily dressed 6 shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance) n. (alt form tackey English)

  1. adj. (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch; "tacky varnish"

  2. tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tatty, tawdry, trashy]

  3. [also: tackiest, tackier]

Tacky (song)

"Tacky" is a song by American musician "Weird Al" Yankovic from his fourteenth studio album, Mandatory Fun (2014). The song is a parody of the 2013 single " Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The song mocks questionable taste in fashion as well as activities considered gauche. Yankovic recorded the song as one of the last on Mandatory Fun, and received Williams' approval directly, through email. He remarked he was "honored" to have his work spoofed by Yankovic.

The song's one-shot music video parodies "Happy", and was the first in a series of eight videos released over eight days in promotion of Mandatory Fun. It features cameo appearances by Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black, and was produced by Nerdist Industries.

Usage examples of "tacky".

He is given a new pair of Bata tackies every year but he chops the toe out of them and ties the laces loosely so that his dry-cracked feet will fit in them even when they swell in the heat.

I did the same for the second tackie then slipped ever so carefully out of the newspaper boats and handed the tackies to Harry Crown.

She put the cup of coffee down on the counter, and leaning over grabbed the tackies and turned to me.

She then put the paper boats in the tackies and instructed me to insert my feet into them and tied the laces.

Though I must say they felt very strange and when I walked they made a phlifft-floft sound where the tackies bent at the end of my toes.

Mevrou, will you teach me how to tie the laces so I can take my tackies off in the train?

He looked down at my tackies, bits of newspaper were sticking out of the sides and up past my ankles.

She brought a whole lot of tackies tied together in a bundle back with her.

When she had finished tying the laces she tested the front of the tackies with the ball of her thumb, pressing down onto my toes, then she looked up at me and smiled.

I took the tackies off and Hoppie tied the laces in a knot and hung them around my neck.

At the beginning of my journey the original over-sized tackies had been a banal signal of the end of the Judge, his stormtroopers, the hostel and Mevrou: a grotesque chapter in my life.

The two days between the first tackies and the snugly fitting ones I now wore were the beginning of the end of my small childhood, a bridge of time that would shape my life to come.

Piet told me to bring my tackies in the next morning so they could be properly cleaned for me to wear at the fight.

I had last boarded a train to leave a part of my life behind me, how I had fallen over with my clown tackies stuffed with newspaper, and how Hoppie Groenewald had dusted me down and lifted me up the steps, explaining how he too was always falling down the stupid things.

He was dressed in a white shirt, cream flannels and white tackies and looked more like a cricketer than a boxing referee.