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Inspired by Riley, and co-inspired by this one.

My prefix is unused clutter.
My suffix doesn't sound merely cool.
My infix doesn't tick or talk tock.
I leave a lot to be desired (11).

Hint:

A term from American culture that has made its way into the dictionary.

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  • $\begingroup$ I leave a lot to be desired (11). Does this mean the solution has 11 characters ? $\endgroup$ – Abhishek Mar 28 '18 at 14:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Abhishek, yes. $\endgroup$ – John Mar 28 '18 at 14:54
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I think it is

Craptacular

My prefix is unused clutter.

Crap, speaks for itself..

My suffix isn't merely cool

tacular, pretty much the only word with that suffix is spectacular, which isn't just "merely cool"..

My infix doesn't tick or tock.

Not too sure, maybe it tac's instead?

I leave a lot to be desired

Craptacular means "remarkably poor or disappointing"..

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Is it:

Trashy ?

My prefix is a dump

It's Trash

My suffix isn't merely cool

Shy = Not cool?

My infix doesn't tick or talk

I leave something to be desired

Being trashy is being mediocre/inferior/imperfect (leaving something to be desired)

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  • $\begingroup$ I guess you could say that that the infix doesn't tick or talk either. (the middle four letters) $\endgroup$ – Sensoray Mar 28 '18 at 12:30
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    $\begingroup$ No parts are correct, but trash is very close. Note that I listed the number of letters for the answer. I'll add another hint soon. $\endgroup$ – John Mar 28 '18 at 14:12
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Not sure about this, don't think it ticks all the boxes, but....

Is it:

Bingewatcher (it was recently added to the dictionary)

Prefix is a dump:

Bin

My infix doesn't tick or talk:

Watch, but not the ticking kind

My suffix isn't merely cool:

Cher? I guess some people think she's cool. Yeah I'm not sure about this bit.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's a recently added word much like this, but not this one. Good answer. $\endgroup$ – John Mar 28 '18 at 14:23
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Is it:

Throw shade. It's an expression recently added from American slang that made it into the dictionay last year I believe.

My prefix is unused clutter.

I do belive that before the edit you said something about a dumpster, but it qualifies anyways since unused clutter you throw away.

My suffix doesn't sound merely cool.

Shade is cool, colder than everything on the sun.

My infix doesn't tick or talk.

Since they are two words, the infix is a space, so it doesn't talk

I leave a lot to be desired (11).

"Throw shade" is eleven characters counting the space in between and also it can mean to express "contempt"

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    $\begingroup$ Nice thinking outside the box, but there's no space or silence. It's a single word. And you can see the edits by clicking on the "edited" link next to my name (puzzling.stackexchange.com/posts/62825/revisions). $\endgroup$ – John Mar 28 '18 at 15:25
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I doubt it's this, but just for fun:

Wastewater

My prefix is unused clutter.

Waste: things that are unused just go to waste

My suffix doesn't sound merely cool.

Water: Water sounds pretty awesome as it falls - also, can be cold or hot

My infix doesn't tick or talk tock.

Stew doesn't tick or talk or tock

I leave a lot to be desired (11).

Literally no one has any desire to drink wastewater

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  • $\begingroup$ This was a good answer, just not the one I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – John Mar 29 '18 at 20:59

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