Quick answer
"Corny" is an adjective which is often translated as "cursi", and "tacky" is an adjective which is often translated as "pegajoso". Learn more about the difference between "corny" and "tacky" below.
corny(
kawr
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ni
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sentimental)
a. cursi
I know it sounds corny, but I like the old musicals from the 40s and 50s.Sé que suena cursi, pero me gustan los viejos musicales de los años 40 y 50.
b. sensiblero
Just like in a corny romantic novel, they were suddenly in each other's arms.Al igual que en una novela romántica sensiblera, de pronto se estaban abrazando.
2. (unoriginal)
a. trillado
He told a lot of corny jokes about mothers-in-law.Contó un montón de chistes trillados sobre suegras.
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tacky(
tah
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ki
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sticky)
a. pegajoso
Don't walk on the floor just yet. The varnish is still tacky.No camines por el piso. El barniz todavía está pegajoso.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(in poor taste)
a. de mal gusto
I think it's really tacky to ask for money toward your honeymoon on a wedding invitation.Yo creo que es de muy mal gusto pedir plata para tu luna de miel en las invitaciones a la boda.
b. chabacano
She reads tacky romantic novels.Lee novelas románticas chabacanas.
c. vulgar
His birthday present to her was a BMW tied up in a huge pink ribbon - so tacky!Para su cumpleaños le regaló un BMW atado con una enorme cinta rosada. ¡Qué vulgar!
d. hortera
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The shelves in their living room are full of tacky souvenirs brought back from vacations.Los estantes de su living están llenos de recuerdos horteras que trajeron de sus vacaciones.
e. mersa
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(person) (River Plate)
I hope he doesn't bring that tacky girlfriend of his. She giggles and simpers the whole time.Espero que no venga con esa novia mersa que tiene. No hace más que reírse como tonta.
f. naco
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
That store sells tacky clothes.Esa tienda vende ropa naca.
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