Definition of tackie in English:

tackie

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaki
 
/
(also takkie)

noun (plural tackies or takkies)

South African informal
1A rubber-soled canvas sports shoe.
More example sentences
  • Since I am sport fanatic I'm more comfortable in track suits and takkies.
  • She walks into Rosebank Mall in her All Star takkies, longish skirt, tied dreadlocks, a bag across her chest and her little girl running behind or in front of her.
  • Clad in over-sized T-shirts, track pants and worn-out takkies, the youngsters listen attentively as the trainers at the camp bark instructions on the importance of the upcoming championships.
2A tyre.

Origin

perhaps from tacky1, with reference to the adhesion of the rubber, or tacky2, with reference to their cheapness.

Phrases

a piece of old tackie

An easy task: tossing a magazine together looks like a piece of old tackie
More example sentences
  • After you've done this, the rest is a piece of old tackie.
  • As everyone has a house and a street address the periodic census is a piece of old tackie.
  • Choosing the best bedroom furniture among the multitude of possibilities isn't a piece of old tackie for the average Joe.

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