There are 2 definitions of tacky in English:

tacky1

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaki
 
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adjective (tackier, tackiest)

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tackiness

noun
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  • The primer seals the floor, increases the tackiness of the floor and improves the adhesive qualities.
  • Depending on the tackiness of the glue you use, you may have to hold each of these stands on while the glue dries.

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There are 2 definitions of tacky in English:

tacky2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaki
 
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adjective (tackier, tackiest)

informal

Derivatives

tackily

adverb
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  • The trick here is to capture the most gaudily and tackily dressed tourists on film.
  • Once inside, she lined up behind a tackily dressed woman.
  • It was small, tackily decorated, and questionably clean, but I hardly noticed.

tackiness

noun
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  • I urge you all to grab a camera and go riding through the night, spying on your gaudy neighbors, as I will award a prize to the person who sends me the picture of the most horrible display of Christmas tackiness.
  • In some of the wealthier suburbs over there, they get in electrical contractors to do a professional lighting job on their houses and, unfortunately, tackiness often wins out over good taste.
  • It could be described as the ultimate in souvenir tackiness.

Origin

early 19th century: 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 century).

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