Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Adhesive; sticky; tenacious: noting viscous substances or surfaces. Also tackey.
  • Unkempt; rough; shabby; ill-fed: said of persons or animals.
  • Bad; poor; miserable.
  • noun A long and stout branch of mimosa with the thorns left on at the end.
  • noun An ill-fed or neglected horse; a rough, bony nag: sometimes used also of persons in the like condition. Also tackey and ticky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective United States Sticky; adhesive; raw; -- said of paint, varnish, etc., when not well dried.
  • noun Southern U. S. An ill-conditioned, ill-fed, or neglected horse; also, a person in a like condition.
  • adjective Local, U. S. Dowdy, shabby, or neglected in appearance; unkempt.
  • adjective In poor taste; appearing cheap; gaudy; unstylish. Broadly used to describe objects whose style is disapproved of by the speaker.
  • adjective Tactless; in poor taste; -- used to describe behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of a substance, slightly sticky.
  • adjective colloquial Of low quality.
  • adjective colloquial In poor taste.
  • adjective gaudy, flashy, showy, garish
  • adjective dowdy, shabbily dressed
  • adjective shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance)

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

  • adjective tastelessly showy
  • adjective (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch

Etymologies

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Compare techy, tack a spot.

Examples

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  • The World's Tackiest Garage

    October 2, 2007

  • Wow! That's some garage. But pretty berries. :-)

    October 2, 2007