Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being tacky

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being tacky; stickiness, as of a partially dried surface of oil or varnish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being cohesive and sticky
  • n. tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar

Etymologies

tacky +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Steve Jobs described Microsoft products as “tacky” and anybody who has used a Macintosh computer will instantly understand what he means by that – the tackiness is multi-faceted and runs deep in the Microsoft product.

    The new construction collaboration era « pwcom 2.0

  • In these tough times too many of us are showing ourselves to be prone to negativity, avarice and just plain tackiness.

    WH: Obama to get more directly involved in health care talks

  • One of Mr. Lucas's particular achievements is the manner in which he is able to recall the tackiness of the old comic strips and serials he loves without making a movie that is, itself, tacky.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • Clustrmaps responded with: ....on the grounds that (1) you're in the educational world and would probably prefer zero advertising, and (2) this may help reduce our 'tackiness' score, we'll give you a free upgrade to ClustrMaps+ status, which means no more advertising and (starting in a few days) better maps zoomed in to the various continents.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • *HOWEVER*, on the grounds that (1) you're in the educational world and would probably prefer zero advertising, and (2) this may help reduce our 'tackiness' score, we'll give you a free upgrade to ClustrMaps+ status, which means no more advertising and (starting in a few days) better maps zoomed in to the various continents.

    Web2.0 Hyperlink Whirl!

  • The Lindens have done every possible thing they can do to kill this kind of resident-organized public gathering for a whole host of reasons ranging from the campaigning of a few third-party website barons who hate it when the economy doesn't move through their servers, and esthetes offended by popular culture and the "tackiness" of yard sales.

    Civicus

  • Timmy Ryan: It's not the technology aspect Barry; it's the "tackiness", and an obvious attempt to try to sound cool and hip - ...

    The 9513

  • Although thousands were built, the homes have never enjoyed much love from Vancouver residents for the way they look, and the term Vancouver Special is usually used as a derogatory reference meant to reflect the cheap tackiness that the style is known for.

    Vancouver Special Renovation by Iconstrux Architecture

  • Despite the tackiness, TS DOES get a huge traffic volume, which is what any vendor wants.

    Times Square To Allow Street Vending in the Pedestrian Plaza | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • The fights involve a lot of slo-mo midair spins and a lot of wince-inducing contact, especially in that sequence where Zen battles an epileptic whose seizures make his attacks unpredictable, a sequence that raises the tackiness to unprecedented levels.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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