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noun
  1. Also hayrick. Chiefly Midland U.S. a large, usually rectangular stack or pile of hay, straw, corn, or the like, in a field, especially when thatched or covered by a tarpaulin; an outdoor or makeshift mow.
  2. a stack of cordwood or logs cut to even lengths.
  3. a frame of horizontal bars and vertical supports, as used to hold barrels in a distillery, boxes in a warehouse, etc.
verb (used with object)
  1. to form grain into a stack or pile.
  2. to stack (cordwood) in ricks.

Origin of rick1

before 900; Middle English rek(e), reek, Old English hrēac; akin to Old Norse hraukr, Old Frisian reak, Middle Dutch rooc, roke
Related formsrick·er, noun

rick2

[rik]
verb (used with or without object), noun
  1. wrick.

Rick

[rik]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Eric or Richard.
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Examples from the Web for rick

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  • "She ate about half a rick of green corn," answered Turkey, coolly.

  • But, under the circumstances, I think Rick might have told you something.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • Here was the reason why the steed had not approached the rick in a straight line.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • The mother-wolf hissed with agonized fury on the roof of the rick.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • I want somebody to bring as a thank-offering for Jim and Rick—yes, and for Mr. Ryan, too.


British Dictionary definitions for rick

rick1

noun
  1. a large stack of hay, corn, peas, etc, built in the open in a regular-shaped pile, esp one with a thatched top
verb
  1. (tr) to stack or pile into ricks

Word Origin

Old English hrēac; related to Old Norse hraukr

rick2

noun
  1. a wrench or sprain, as of the back
verb
  1. (tr) to wrench or sprain (a joint, a limb, the back, etc)

Word Origin

C18: see wrick
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Word Origin and History for rick

n.

Old English hreac "stack of hay or straw," from Proto-Germanic *khraukaz (cf. Old Norse hraukr, Frisian reak, Dutch rook "heap"); perhaps related to ridge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper