[ hik-ee ]
/ ˈhɪk i /
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- 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.
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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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How to use hickey in a sentence
Kekewich and Hickie had combined their forces at the beginning of February.
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
Before his fall he had despatched his staff officer, Major Hickie, to hurry up men from the rear.
British Dictionary definitions for hickey
/ (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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