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ducky

1
[duhk-ee]
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adjective, duck·i·er, duck·i·est. Informal.
  1. fine; excellent; wonderful.
  2. darling; charming; cute.
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Origin of ducky

1
First recorded in 1810–20; duck1 + -y1

ducky

2
[duhk-ee]
noun, plural duck·ies. British Slang.
  1. (used as a term of endearment or familiarity) dear; sweetheart; darling; pet.
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Origin of ducky

2
1530–40; duck1 + -y2 (perhaps alteration by folk etymology of Middle Dutch docke doll
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Related Words for ducky

cordial, kind, good, okay, fair, superior, swell, welcome, winning, lovely, friendly, ducky, admirable, amiable, approved, attractive, becoming, charming, commendable, considerate

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Contemporary Examples of ducky

Historical Examples of ducky

  • I wouldn't mind so much if I didn't know that Ducky Lucky will be delighted.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill

  • She and Ducky slept in the sitting-room now, while the four boys had the bedroom.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • "I am quite equal to taking care of myself, and of Ducky too," she said loftily.

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • It is Father, dear Father, and he does not know his little Ducky at all!

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant

  • That is to say, it is about the trouble that came before Ducky was born; you remember it?

    The Adventurous Seven

    Bessie Marchant


British Dictionary definitions for ducky

ducky

duckie

informal
noun plural duckies
  1. British darling or dear: used as a term of endearment among women, but now often used in imitation of the supposed usage of homosexual men
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adjective
  1. delightful; fine
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Word Origin and History for ducky

adj.

"excellent," slang from 1897 (often ironical),perhaps from duckie as a term of endearment (early 19c.). Probably not related to much earlier slang noun meaning "a woman's breast" ["...whose pritty duckys I trust shortly to kysse," Henry VIII, c.1536 letter to Anne Boleyn, who, contrary to rumor, did not have three of them].

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