or hick·ie


noun, plural hick·eys.

  1. a pimple.
  2. a reddish mark left on the skin by a passionate kiss.
any device or gadget whose name is not known or is momentarily forgotten.
Electricity. a fitting used to mount a lighting fixture in an outlet box or on a pipe or stud.
a tool used to bend tubes and pipes.

Origin of hickey

1905–10; Americanism; of obscure origin; senses under def. 1 perhaps a separate word, though the development “device > defective device > defect, blemish, mark” is also possible; cf. doohickey
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Contemporary Examples of hickey

Historical Examples of hickey

  • Father Hickey had suffered the meed of his inhospitable conduct.

  • The Reverend Hickey has appealed strongly to my love of legend.

  • Miss Hickey: that I admire all that is admirable in you is but to say that I have a sense of the beautiful.

  • We raced after them just as a man named Hickey ran from the bushes and joined them.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • Hickey's got us all skinned hollow when it comes to this game.

    Skippy Bedelle

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for hickey



US and Canadian informal an object or gadget: used as a name when the correct name is forgotten, etc; doodah
US and Canadian informal a mark on the skin, esp a lovebite
printing a spot on a printed sheet caused by an imperfection or a speck on the printing plate

Word Origin for hickey

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hickey

see hickie.

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