Definition of tacky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtæki//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæki//
    (tackier, tackiest)
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  1. 1(informal) cheap, badly made and/or lacking in taste tacky souvenirs The movie had a really tacky ending.
  2. 2(of paint, glue, etc.) not dry and therefore slightly sticky
  3. Word Originsense 1 early 19th cent.: of unknown origin. Early use was as a noun denoting a horse of little value, later applied to a poor white in some Southern states of the US, hence ‘shabby, cheap, in bad taste’ (mid 19th cent.).
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