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wick1

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noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
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Origin of wick1

before 1000; Middle English wicke, weke, Old English wice, wēoc(e); cognate with Middle Dutch wiecke, Middle Low German wêke, Old High German wiohha lint, wick (German Wieke lint); akin to Sanskrit vāgura noose
Related formswick·less, adjective

wick2

[wik]
noun Curling.
  1. a narrow opening in the field, bounded by other players' stones.
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Origin of wick2

origin uncertain

wick3

[wik]
noun
  1. British Dialect. a farm, especially a dairy farm.
  2. Archaic. a village; hamlet.
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Origin of wick3

before 900; Middle English wik, wich, Old English wīc house, village (compare Old Saxon wīc, Old High German wîch) < Latin vīcus village, estate (see vicinity); cognate with Greek oîkos house (see ecology, economy)

Wick

[wik]
noun
  1. a town in the Highland region, in N Scotland: herring fisheries.
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wick1

noun
  1. 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
  2. get on someone's wick British slang to cause irritation to a person
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Derived Formswicking, noun

Word Origin

Old English weoce; related to Old High German wioh, Middle Dutch wēke (Dutch wiek)

wick2

noun
  1. archaic a village or hamlet
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Word Origin

Old English wīc; related to -wich in place names, Latin vīcus, Greek oîkos

wick3

adjective Northern English dialect
  1. lively or active
  2. alive or crawlinga dog wick with fleas
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Word Origin

dialect variant of quick alive

Wick

noun
  1. a town in N Scotland, in Highland, at the head of Wick Bay (an inlet of the North Sea). Pop: 7333 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for wick

n.1

"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).

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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."

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