- a bundle or loose twist or braid of soft threads, or a woven strip or tube, as of cotton or asbestos, which in a candle, lamp, oil stove, cigarette lighter, or the like, serves to draw up the melted tallow or wax or the oil or other flammable liquid to be burned.
- to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
Origin of wick1
- a narrow opening in the field, bounded by other players' stones.
Origin of wick2
- British Dialect. a farm, especially a dairy farm.
- Archaic. a village; hamlet.
Origin of wick3
- a town in the Highland region, in N Scotland: herring fisheries.
Examples from the Web for wick
Dabbing wax on the coil or using hash oil on the wick also works.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
Wick Allison speaks some truth to his fellow conservatives about fairness and how that translates to success at the ballot box.The GOP is Losing Hearts and Minds
November 12, 2012
One is "poor, obscure, plain and little"; the other is a "wild, wick slip."Battle of the Brontes
March 14, 2011
He lighted the lamp, turned down the wick, and replaced the chimney.Way of the Lawless
"Hardly," he responded, touching a light to the wick and replacing the chimney.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It is a wick which can only be trimmed by the sword of the faithful.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The wick you can light, and it will burn for at least a minute.
Its flame was much less bright than it had been and the wick sputtered.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a cord or band of loosely twisted or woven fibres, as in a candle, cigarette lighter, etc, that supplies fuel to a flame by capillary action
- get on someone's wick British slang to cause irritation to a person
- archaic a village or hamlet
- lively or active
- alive or crawlinga dog wick with fleas
- a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)
Word Origin and History for wick
"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," Old English weoce, from West Germanic *weukon (cf. Middle Dutch wieke, Dutch wiek, Old High German wiohha, German Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in reference to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick, rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (n.2).
"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common Old English wic "dwelling place, lodging, abode," then coming to mean "village, hamlet, town," and later "dairy farm" (e.g. Gatwick "Goat-farm"). Common in this latter sense 13c.-14c. The word is a general Germanic borrowing from Latin vicus "group of dwellings, village; a block of houses, a street, a group of streets forming an administrative unit" (see vicinity). Cf. Old High German wih "village," German Weichbild "municipal area," Dutch wijk "quarter, district," Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic "village."