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dicky

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

a variant of dickey1.

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British Dictionary definitions for dicky (1 of 2)

dicky1

dickey

/ (ˈdɪkɪ) /

noun plural dickies or dickeys

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

British Dictionary definitions for dicky (2 of 2)

dicky2

dickey

/ (ˈdɪkɪ) /

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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