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adjective, duck·i·er, duck·i·est. Informal.
  1. fine; excellent; wonderful.
  2. darling; charming; cute.

Origin of ducky1

First recorded in 1810–20; duck1 + -y1


noun, plural duck·ies. British Slang.
  1. (used as a term of endearment or familiarity) dear; sweetheart; darling; pet.

Origin of ducky2

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.


    Dorothy Whitehill

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

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for ducky



noun plural duckies
  1. British darling or dear: used as a term of endearment among women, but now often used in imitation of the supposed usage of homosexual men
  1. delightful; fine
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Word Origin and History for ducky


"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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