Definition of ticky-tacky in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪkɪˌtaki
North American informal


[mass noun]
Inferior or cheap material, especially as used in suburban building.
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  • The number of single-person households is on the rise; we all want our own little boxes made of ticky-tacky.
  • And they're all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same.


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Made of inferior material; cheap or in poor taste: ticky-tacky little houses
More example sentences
  • He called Sid about the hundreds of unsold, unrented, slapped-up, ticky-tacky apartments in Greater Belfast.


1960s: probably a reduplication of tacky2.

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