Definition of ticky-tacky in English:


Line breaks: ticky-tacky
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪkɪˌtaki
North American informal


[mass noun]
  • Inferior or cheap material, especially as used in suburban building.
    More example sentences
    • 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.


Back to top  
  • 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.

More definitions of ticky-tacky

Definition of ticky-tacky in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea