or hick·ie

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.

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


  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

Word Origin for hickey

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hickie

"love bite; mark on skin made by biting or sucking during foreplay or sex," 1934; earlier "pimple, skin lesion" (c.1915); perhaps a sense extension and spelling variation from earlier word meaning "small gadget, device; any unspecified object" (1909, cf. doohickey, still used in this sense).



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