[ik-ee] /ˈɪk i/
adjective, ickier, ickiest. Informal.
repulsive or distasteful.
excessively sweet or sentimental.
unsophisticated or old-fashioned.
adjective ickier, ickiest
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.
A conventional, tedious person; square: She turned out to be an icky (1935+)
[fr baby talk, ”sticky, nasty”; although perhaps fr Yiddish elken or iklen, ”to nauseate, revolt”]
- Icknield way
prehistoric trackway from Norfolk to Dorset, Old English Icenhylte (903), of unknown meaning and origin. Name transferred 12c. to the Roman road from Burton on the Water to Templeborough.
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