adjective, ick·i·er, ick·i·est. Informal.

  1. repulsive or distasteful.
  2. excessively sweet or sentimental.
  3. unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
  4. sticky; viscid.

adjective ickier or ickiest

  1. sticky
  2. excessively sentimental or emotional

1935, American English, probably from icky-boo (c.1920) “sickly, nauseated,” probably baby talk elaboration of sick. Originally a swing lover’s term for more sentimental jazz music; in general use from 1938.

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