adjective, tack·i·er, tack·i·est.

  1. sticky to the touch; adhesive.

adjective, tack·i·er, tack·i·est.

  1. not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy.
  2. shabby in appearance; shoddy: a tacky, jerry-built housing development.
  3. crass; cheaply vulgar; tasteless; crude.
  4. gaudy; flashy; showy.

adjective tackier or tackiest

  1. slightly sticky or adhesivethe varnish was still tacky

adjective tackier or tackiest informal

  1. shabby or shoddy
  2. ostentatious and vulgar
  3. US (of a person) dowdy; seedy

adj.1“sticky,” 1788, from tack (n.1) in the sense of “an act of attaching temporarily” + -y (2). adj.2“in poor taste,” 1862, adj. use of tackey (n.) “small or inferior horse” (1800), later “hillbilly, cracker” (1888), of uncertain origin.

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