- a pimple.
- a reddish mark left on the skin by a passionate kiss.
- any device or gadget whose name is not known or is momentarily forgotten.
- Electricity. a fitting used to mount a lighting fixture in an outlet box or on a pipe or stud.
- a tool used to bend tubes and pipes.
Origin of hickey
1905–10; Americanism; of obscure origin; senses under def. 1 perhaps a separate word, though the development “device > defective device > defect, blemish, mark” is also possible; cf. doohickey
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Examples from the Web for hickey
“We are already implementing our plan and are getting good early results,” Hickey told a House oversight subcommittee July 18.Veterans Waiting Even Longer for Benefits, Especially in Big Cities
August 29, 2012
Your Hickey in The Iceman Cometh has become legendary and most recently you played Jim Tyrone in A Moon for the Misbegotten.Kevin Spacey on Casino Jack
December 14, 2010
Father Hickey had suffered the meed of his inhospitable conduct.
The Reverend Hickey has appealed strongly to my love of legend.
Miss Hickey: that I admire all that is admirable in you is but to say that I have a sense of the beautiful.
We raced after them just as a man named Hickey ran from the bushes and joined them.A Virginia Scout
Hickey's got us all skinned hollow when it comes to this game.Skippy Bedelle
- US and Canadian informal an object or gadget: used as a name when the correct name is forgotten, etc; doodah
- US and Canadian informal a mark on the skin, esp a lovebite
- printing a spot on a printed sheet caused by an imperfection or a speck on the printing plate
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hickey
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