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Tacky

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective tacky:

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Definition of the adjective tacky

What does tacky mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more tacky / tackier | most tacky / tackiest

  1. (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • example: tacky varnish
    • similar: wet
  2. tastelessly showy

Alternative definition of the adjective tacky

adjective

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

Music

"Tacky" is a song by American musician "Weird Al" Yankovic from his fourteenth studio album, Mandatory Fun. 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.

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Phrases with Tacky

Phrases starting with the word Tacky:

  1. Tacky Phacelia
  2. Tacky Goldenweed

Phrases ending with the word Tacky:

  1. Ticky Tacky
  2. Ticky-Tacky

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tacky

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Google previewThe Dictionary of Photography for Amateur and Professional Photographers (1889)

by Edward John Wall

An organic tacky body, sensitised with bichromate of potash or ammonia, is allowed to dry as much as possible, and exposed to light, when it is found that the tackiness of the organic body disappears in exact proportion to the action of light, ...

Google previewSzycher's Dictionary of Biomaterials and Medical Devices (1992)

by Michael Szycher

Adhesive, Heat-Activated An adhesive, dry at room temperature, that is rendered tacky or fluid upon application of heat. Adhesive, Hot Melt An adhesive that is applied in a molten state, and is capable of forming a bond upon cooling ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (2012)

by Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, Martin Pritchard, Martin Pritchard (BEng (Hons), PhD.)

See also TACKY. tack rag Cotton rag or cheese cloth with a small quantity of varnish on the cloth, which is used for dusting or smoothing a surface after it has been rubbed down; it is applied before the main coat. To avoid the cloth hardening, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Photography for the Amateur and Professional Photographer (1889)

Containing Concise and Explanatory Articles by Edward John Wall

An organic tacky body, sensitised with bichromate of potash or ammonia, is allowed to dry as much as possible, and exposed to light, when it is found that the tackiness of the organic body disappears in exact proportion to the action of light, ...

Google previewOxford American Large Print Dictionary (2008)

by Oxford University Press

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Google previewA Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant Embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian Slang, Pidgin English, Gypsies' Jargon and Other Irregular Phraseology (1897)

by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland

Tacky (printers), according to printers' vocabulary, ...

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Quotes about Tacky

I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity. (Bette Midler)
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Scrabble value of T1A1C3K5Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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