from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Disagreeably sticky: icky candy.
  • adj. Informal Offensive; distasteful: icky sentimentality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unpleasantly sticky; yucky; disgusting
  • adj. excessively sentimental

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. very bad; repulsive; unpleasant; distasteful.
  • adj. sticky.
  • adj. Overly sentimental; -- of stories or dramas.

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

  • adj. very bad
  • adj. soft and sticky


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1935, American English; from icky-boo (circa 1920): sickly, nauseated; baby talk corruption of sick; from a sentimental term for Jazz music. (Wiktionary)



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