Definition of icky in English:

icky

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪki
 
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(also ikky)

adjective (ickier, ickiest)

informal
  • 1Unpleasantly sticky.
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    • After a bunch of hot, humid, icky sticky days, it was pure bliss.
    • She was covered from head to foot with icky brown mud and her hair was sticking up on all ends.
    • It's grey outside, it's stopped raining, but by god it would be nice if it could start again, just to take some of the nasty icky wet hot stickiness away.
  • 1.1Nasty or unpleasant: the kids were eating something icky
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    • Boys are so icky but also strangely interesting to me.
    • In a matter of a couple of months, dating had taken me back to grade school when all boys were icky and cooties were a very real threat.
    • Why couldn't it be like the good old days where I thought boys were icky and all that jazz?
  • 1.2Distastefully sentimental: a romantic subplot that is just plain icky
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    • Damn I need to stay away from mom, between her and Kristen reading me passages out of her mushy icky, teen romance novels.
    • She smiled a sticky, icky, saccharine smile at us and pulled out the pencil from her ear.
    • Diana's estate sues them because… well, it's kitsch and tacky and maudlin and icky, isn't it?

Derivatives

ickiness

noun
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  • And that particular ickiness about the flag - which afflicts even practical leftists who have no qualms about power or working within the system - is a big part of what's holding us back from that goal.
  • And the sophomores wander into the debate and decide based on their level of ickiness or decide that one term fits all under the law of God.
  • I had only written about one thousand words yesterday when I had to stop due to a rare headache and a general feeling of ickiness.

Origin

1930s: perhaps related to sick1 or to the child's word ickle.

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