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ducky1

[duhk-ee] /ˈdʌk i/
adjective, duckier, duckiest. Informal.
1.
fine; excellent; wonderful.
2.
darling; charming; cute.
Origin of ducky1
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; duck1 + -y1

ducky2

[duhk-ee] /ˈdʌk i/
noun, plural duckies. British Slang.
1.
(used as a term of endearment or familiarity) dear; sweetheart; darling; pet.
Origin
1530-40; duck1 + -y2 (perhaps alteration by folk etymology of Middle Dutch docke doll
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  • I wouldn't mind so much if I didn't know that ducky Lucky will be delighted.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill
  • She and ducky slept in the sitting-room now, while the four boys had the bedroom.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • "I am quite equal to taking care of myself, and of ducky too," she said loftily.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • It is Father, dear Father, and he does not know his little ducky at all!

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • That is to say, it is about the trouble that came before ducky was born; you remember it?

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • Could we not put ducky on a mattress in the wagon, with Don and Billykins?

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant
  • To think of being able to make a little darling, ducky brooch!

  • "We won't let you starve, our ony dony ducky Daddleses," said Dotty.

British Dictionary definitions for ducky

ducky

/ˈdʌkɪ/
noun (pl) duckies
1.
(Brit) darling or dear: used as a term of endearment among women, but now often used in imitation of the supposed usage of homosexual men
adjective
2.
delightful; fine
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Word Origin and History for ducky
adj.

"excellent," slang from 1897 (often ironical),perhaps from duckie as a term of endearment (early 19c.). Probably not related to much earlier slang noun meaning "a woman's breast" ["...whose pritty duckys I trust shortly to kysse," Henry VIII, c.1536 letter to Anne Boleyn, who, contrary to rumor, did not have three of them].

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Slang definitions & phrases for ducky

ducky

adjective

  1. Excellent, splendid; delightful • Often used ironically: Everything was just ducky until Lally went into that dame's house/ Oh, me? I'm just ducky (1897+)
  2. Cute; too cute; corny: Pastel phials tied with ducky satin bows (1897+)

noun

Dear one; precious; dearie, ducks: Are you quite ready, duckie? (1819+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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