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dickey

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or dick·y, dick·ie

[ dik-ee ]
/ ˈdɪk i /
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noun, plural dick·eys.

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Origin of dickey

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

Definition for dickey (2 of 3)

dickey2
[ dik-ee ]
/ ˈdɪk i /

adjective Chiefly British Slang.

not working properly; faulty: I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.

Origin of dickey

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First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain

Definition for dickey (3 of 3)

Dickey
[ dik-ee ]
/ ˈdɪk i /

noun

James, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
William "Bill", 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
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