or hick·ie

[ hik-ee ]
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  1. Slang.

    • a pimple.

    • a reddish mark left on the skin by a passionate kiss.

  2. any device or gadget whose name is not known or is momentarily forgotten.

  1. Electricity. a fitting used to mount a lighting fixture in an outlet box or on a pipe or stud.

  2. a tool used to bend tubes and pipes.

Origin of hickey

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hickey


/ (ˈhɪkɪ) /

  1. US and Canadian informal an object or gadget: used as a name when the correct name is forgotten, etc; doodah

  2. US and Canadian informal a mark on the skin, esp a lovebite

  1. printing a spot on a printed sheet caused by an imperfection or a speck on the printing plate

Origin of hickey

C20: of unknown origin

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