Definition of tackie in English:

tackie

(also takkie)

noun

South African
informal
  • 1A rubber-soled canvas sports shoe.

    • ‘She has a penchant for dressing for the occasion, looks good in Xhosa traditional dress, school uniform (when education was also her portfolio) and should look rather fetching trotting in a skipper, joggers and takkies!’
    • ‘Dressed in jeans, t-shirts and well-worn takkies, the young girls gather early for practice, chatting to friends and catching up on the latest news.’
    • ‘She walks into Rosebank Mall in her All Star takkies, longish skirt, tied dreadlocks, a bag across her chest and her little girl running behind or in front of her.’
    • ‘Since I am sport fanatic I'm more comfortable in track suits and takkies.’
    • ‘Clad in over-sized T-shirts, track pants and worn-out takkies, the youngsters listen attentively as the trainers at the camp bark instructions on the importance of the upcoming championships.’
  • 2A tyre.

Phrases

  • a piece of old tackie

    • informal An easy task.

      ‘tossing a magazine together looks like a piece of old tackie’
      • ‘As everyone has a house and a street address the periodic census is a piece of old tackie.’
      • ‘Choosing the best bedroom furniture among the multitude of possibilities isn't a piece of old tackie for the average Joe.’
      • ‘After you've done this, the rest is a piece of old tackie.’
      easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy train
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Origin

Perhaps from tacky, with reference to the adhesion of the rubber, or tacky, with reference to their cheapness.

Pronunciation

tackie

/ˈtaki/