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dicky

[dik-ee]
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noun, plural dick·ies.
  1. dickey1.
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dickey

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or dick·y, dick·ie

[dik-ee]
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 dickey

1
1745–55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name
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Related Words for dicky

choker, torque, frill, fraise, jabot, fichu, ruff, dicky, neckband, Vandyke, Eton, bertha

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British Dictionary definitions for dicky

dicky

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dickey

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

dicky

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dickey

adjective dickier or dickiest
  1. British informal in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliableI feel a bit dicky today
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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

n.

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

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