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or dick·y, dick·ie

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noun, plural dick·eys.
  1. an article of clothing made to look like the front or collar of a shirt, blouse, vest, etc., worn as a separate piece under another garment, as a jacket or dress.Compare vest(def 2), vestee.
  2. a detachable linen shirt collar.
  3. a bib or pinafore worn by a child.
  4. a small bird.
  5. a donkey, especially a male.
  6. an outside seat on a carriage.
  7. British. rumble seat(def 1).
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Origin of dickey1

1745–55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name


adjective Chiefly British Slang.
  1. not working properly; faulty: I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.
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Origin of dickey2

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain


  1. James,1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
  2. WilliamBill, 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
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  • Ben and Dickey had worked faithfully, and performed all that had been given them to do.

    Left Behind

    James Otis

  • “I am trying to do so,” said Harry, who saw the danger as well as Dickey.

  • Dickey Snookes having been properly cobbed, we all hurried on deck.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I forgot to say that Dickey Snookes was sent on board the prize to keep me company.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Dickey Snookes was quite jealous when he saw me jump into the boat.

    My First Cruise

    W.H.G. Kingston