Definition of ricky-tick in English:

ricky-tick

(also rickey-tick, rickty-tick)

noun

US
slang
  • A style of jazz regarded as old-fashioned or unsophisticated, especially as characteristic of the 1920s; ragtime.

adjective

US
slang
  • Of music, especially jazz: old-fashioned, unsophisticated, trite; (of a rhythm or tempo) even, repetitive, monotonous.

adverb

US
slang
  • Especially in military contexts: quickly, immediately. Chiefly in "most ricky-tick".

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in The Chicago Sunday Tribune. Imitative.

Pronunciation

ricky-tick

/ˈrɪkiˌtɪk/