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dickey1

or dicky, dickie

[dik-ee] /ˈdɪk i/
noun, plural dickeys.
1.
an article of clothing made to look like the front or collar of a shirt, blouse, vest, etc., worn as a separate piece under another garment, as a jacket or dress.
Compare vest (def 2), vestee.
2.
a detachable linen shirt collar.
3.
a bib or pinafore worn by a child.
4.
a small bird.
5.
a donkey, especially a male.
6.
an outside seat on a carriage.
7.
British. rumble seat (def 1).
Origin of dickey1
1745-1755
1745-55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name

dickey2

[dik-ee] /ˈdɪk i/
adjective, Chiefly British Slang.
1.
not working properly; faulty:
I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.
Origin
First recorded in 1805-15; origin uncertain

Dickey

[dik-ee] /ˈdɪk i/
noun
1.
James, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
2.
William ("Bill") 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
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  • Ben and dickey had worked faithfully, and performed all that had been given them to do.

    Left Behind James Otis
  • “I am trying to do so,” said Harry, who saw the danger as well as dickey.

  • dickey Snookes was quite jealous when he saw me jump into the boat.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • dickey Snookes having been properly cobbed, we all hurried on deck.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston
  • I forgot to say that dickey Snookes was sent on board the prize to keep me company.

    My First Cruise W.H.G. Kingston

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