hickey

or hick·ie

[hik-ee]
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noun, plural hick·eys.

Slang.
  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.

Nearby words

  1. hiccup,
  2. hiccups,
  3. hichens,
  4. hick,
  5. hick-joint pointing,
  6. hickie,
  7. hickok,
  8. hickok, wild bill,
  9. hickory,
  10. hickory hills

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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British Dictionary definitions for hickie

hickey

noun

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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