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Dictionary Definition

icky adj
1 very bad; "a lousy play"; "it's a stinking world" [syn: crappy, lousy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinky]
2 soft and sticky [syn: gooey]

User Contributed Dictionary



1935, American English; from icky-boo (circa 1920): sickly, nauseated; baby talk corruption of sick; from a sentimental term for Jazz music.



  1. unpleasantly sticky; yucky; disgusting
    I stepped in something icky and it smells terrible.
  2. excessively sentimental

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unpleasantly sticky; yucky; disgusting
excessively sentimental

Extensive Definition

The Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) is an Old World warbler in the tree warbler genus Hippolais . It breeds in mainland Europe except the southwest, where it is replaced by its western counterpart, Melodious Warbler. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.
This small passerine bird is a species found in open deciduous woodland with bushes and also parks and gardens, often near water. Four to six eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or a bush.
This is a medium-sized warbler, 12–13.5cm in length, similar to Melodious Warbler. The adult has a plain greenish-brown back with a paler wing panel, and yellowish underparts. The bill is slightly orange, strong and pointed, and the legs blue-grey. The sexes are identical, as with most warblers, but young birds are paler on the belly.
Like most warblers, Icterine is insectivorous, but will take other small food items including berries.
The song is a fast nasal babbling incorporating mimicry of other species. The call is described as "teck" or "tec, tec, tec".
It is colloquially referred to by birders as Icky.


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icky in Bulgarian: Градински присмехулник
icky in Czech: Sedmihlásek hajní
icky in Danish: Gulbug
icky in German: Gelbspötter
icky in French: Hypolaïs ictérine
icky in Lithuanian: Tošinukė
icky in Hungarian: Kerti geze
icky in Dutch: Spotvogel
icky in Japanese: キイロウタムシクイ
icky in Norwegian: Gulsanger
icky in Polish: Zaganiacz
icky in Finnish: Kultarinta
icky in Swedish: Härmsångare
icky in Turkish: Sarı mukallit

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