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

  • adj. Slightly adhesive or gummy to the touch; sticky.
  • adj. Informal Neglected and in a state of disrepair: a tacky old cabin in the woods.
  • adj. Lacking style or good taste; tawdry: tacky clothes.
  • adj. Distasteful or offensive; tasteless: a tacky remark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


From tack1.
From tackey, an inferior horse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare techy, tack a spot. (Wiktionary)



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