AskDefine | Define tacky

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tacky adj
1 (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] [also: tackiest, tackier]

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tacky (comparative tackier, superlative tackiest)
  1. Of a substance, slightly sticky.
    This paint isn't dry yet - it's still a bit tacky.
  2. Of low quality.
    That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
  3. In poor taste.
    That was a tacky thing to say.
  4. gaudy, flashy, showy, garish
  5. dowdy, shabbily dressed
  6. shabby, dowdy(in one's appearance)


slightly sticky
colloquial: of low quality
colloquial: in bad taste
gaudy, flashy, showy, garish
dowdy, shabbily dressed
dowdy, shabby (in one's appearance)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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