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hickey

or hick·ie

[hik-ee]
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noun, plural hick·eys.
  1. Slang.
    1. a pimple.
    2. 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.
  3. Electricity. a fitting used to mount a lighting fixture in an outlet box or on a pipe or stud.
  4. a tool used to bend tubes and pipes.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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

hickey

noun
  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
  3. printing a spot on a printed sheet caused by an imperfection or a speck on the printing plate
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hickey

n.

see hickie.

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