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  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
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Examples from the Web for ricker

Historical Examples

  • But I think I shall do Ricker's letters for him this winter at least.

    The Story of a Play

    W. D. Howells

  • "Not by Ricker, for the best of all possible reasons," said Maxwell, with a laugh.

    The Story of a Play

    W. D. Howells

  • Mrs. Ricker and Kitton accepted the situation with fine philosophy.

  • Mis' Ricker gettin' her fortune so puts her beyond the wolf.

  • I want to talk with you, Ricker, Bud answered, recognizing the owner of the voice.

British Dictionary definitions for ricker


  1. a young kauri tree of New Zealand

Word Origin

from earlier use of the trunks as ships' rigging


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

Word Origin

Old English hrēac; related to Old Norse hraukr


  1. a wrench or sprain, as of the back
  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 ricker



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.

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