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"tacky" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈtæk.i/
  • tacky adjective (LOW QUALITY)

informal disapproving of ​cheapquality or in ​badstyle: The ​shopsold tacky ​souvenirs and ​ornaments.
  • tacky adjective (STICKY)

sticky; (​especially of ​paint or ​glue) not ​completelydry
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of tacky from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tacky" in American English

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tackyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈtæk·i/
(of a ​substance) ​sticky: I ​left a ​fingerprint in the tacky ​paint.
infml disapproving cheap in ​quality or ​design: She ​reads those tacky ​romancenovels.
(Definition of tacky from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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