I. adjective (tackier; -est) Etymology: 2tack Date: 1788 somewhat sticky to the touch <
tacky varnish
; also characterized by tack ; adhesive II. adjective (tackier; -est) Etymology: tacky a low-class person Date: 1862 1. a. characterized by lack of good breeding <
couldn't run around downtown…in a bikini, which was tacky — Cyra McFadden
b. shabby, seedy <
a tacky town whose citrus groves were blighted by smoke — Bryce Nelson
2. not having or exhibiting good taste: as a. marked by lack of style ; dowdy b. marked by cheap showiness ; gaudy <
a tacky publicity stunt
a tacky outfit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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