ticky-tacky
I. noun also ticky-tack (plural ticky-tackies; also ticky-tacks) Etymology: reduplication of tacky Date: 1962 sleazy or shoddy material used especially in the construction of look-alike tract houses; also something built of ticky-tacky II. adjective also ticky-tack Date: 1964 1. of an uninspired or monotonous sameness 2. tacky 3. built of ticky-tacky

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Ticky tacky — or ticky tacky is a colloquial term for [poor quality] material, as for the construction of standardized housing . [ [http://www.bartleby.com/61/57/T0205700.html Bartleby] ] [ [http://www.m w.com/dictionary/ticky%20tacky Merriam Webster] ] It is… …   Wikipedia

  • ticky tacky — ☆ ticky tacky [tik′ē tak′ē ] n. 〚redupl. of TACKY2〛 dull, unimaginative, often shoddy uniformity, like that of houses in some less expensive real estate developments ticky tacky adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • ticky tacky — ☆ ticky tacky [tik′ē tak′ē ] n. [redupl. of TACKY2] dull, unimaginative, often shoddy uniformity, like that of houses in some less expensive real estate developments ticky tacky adj …   English World dictionary

  • ticky tacky — inferior, cheap material, 1962 (in song Little Boxes ), reduplication of TACKY (Cf. tacky) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ticky-tacky — tic•ky tack•y [[t]ˈtɪk iˌtæk i[/t]] Informal. 1) cvb inf shoddy and unimaginatively designed: ticky tacky bungalows[/ex] 2) cvb inf tacky II 3) ticky tacky material or something made of it • Etymology: 1960–65; redupl. of tacky II …   From formal English to slang

  • ticky-tacky — /tik ee tak ee/, Informal. adj. 1. shoddy and unimaginatively designed; flimsy and dull: a row of new, ticky tacky bungalows. 2. tacky2. n. 3. ticky tacky material or something made of it, esp. housing. Also, ticky tack. [1960 65; gradational… …   Universalium

  • ticky-tacky — tick|y tack|y [ˈtıki ˌtæki] adj also ticky tack [ ˌtæk] AmE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: TACKY2] ticky tacky houses, buildings etc are made of material that is cheap and of low quality >ticky tacky n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ticky-tacky — [“tikitaeki] n. cheap and shabby material. □ Those houses are just made of ticky tacky, and they won’t even be here in twenty years. □ That stuff is just ticky tacky. No one will buy it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • ticky-tacky — also ticky tack noun (U) AmE informal a material, especially for building, that is cheap and of low quality ticky tacky adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ticky-tacky — 1. noun Cheap, low quality building material, especially as that used to make conventional suburban housing of a uniform design 1964 Malvina Reynolds, Little Boxes And theyre all made out of ticky tacky, And they all look just the same. 2.… …   Wiktionary

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