dicky

[dik-ee]

noun, plural dick·ies.


Nearby words

  1. dickinson, john,
  2. dickite,
  3. dickson,
  4. dickson, leonard eugene,
  5. dickty,
  6. dickybird,
  7. diclinous,
  8. dicofol,
  9. diconal,
  10. dicoria

dickey

1

or dick·y, dick·ie

[dik-ee]

noun, plural dick·eys.

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.
a detachable linen shirt collar.
a bib or pinafore worn by a child.
a small bird.
a donkey, especially a male.
an outside seat on a carriage.

Origin of dickey

1
1745–55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name

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British Dictionary definitions for dicky

dicky

1

dickey

noun plural dickies or dickeys

a woman's false blouse front, worn to fill in the neck of a jacket or low-cut dress
a man's false shirt front, esp one worn with full evening dress
Also called: dicky bow British a bow tie
mainly British an informal name for a donkey, esp a male one
Also called: dickybird, dickeybird a child's word for a bird, esp a small one
a folding outside seat at the rear of some early carsUS and Canadian name: rumble seat
Also called: boot Indian an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear

Word Origin for dicky

C18 (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure

adjective dickier or dickiest

British informal in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliableI feel a bit dicky today

Word Origin for dicky

C18: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill

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Word Origin and History for dicky

dicky

n.

"detached shirt front," 1811; "a small bird," 1851; diminutive of dick, but the applications are obscure in both cases.

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