[ hik-ee ]
/ ˈhɪk i /
noun, plural hick·eys.
- a pimple.
- 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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Examples from the Web for hickie
Kekewich and Hickie had combined their forces at the beginning of February.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
In fact, but for the interest taken by General Hickie it would have been impossible.The Irish on the Somme|Michael MacDonagh
Cuthbert, seedy, was relieved by Hickie in command of the 13th Brigade to-day.The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade|Edward Lord Gleichen
British Dictionary definitions for hickie
/ (ˈhɪkɪ) /
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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