Definition of ticky-tacky in English:

ticky-tacky

noun

North american
informal
  • Inferior or cheap material, especially as used in suburban building.

    • ‘The number of single-person households is on the rise; we all want our own little boxes made of ticky-tacky.’
    • ‘And they're all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same.’

adjective

North american
informal
  • (especially of a building or housing development) made of inferior material; cheap or in poor taste.

    ‘ticky-tacky little houses’
    • ‘He called Sid about the hundreds of unsold, unrented, slapped-up, ticky-tacky apartments in Greater Belfast.’

Origin

1960s: probably a reduplication of tacky.

Pronunciation:

ticky-tacky

/ˈtikēˌtakē/