peaky

[ pee-kee ]
/ ˈpi ki /

adjective, peak·i·er, peak·i·est.

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decorum

Origin of peaky

First recorded in 1870–75; peak(ed)2 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM peaky

peak·i·ly, adverbpeak·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for peaky

peaky
/ (ˈpiːkɪ) /

adjective -kier or -kiest

wan, emaciated, or sickly

Word Origin for peaky

C16: of uncertain origin
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