or wick·y·up, wik·i·up

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  1. (in Nevada, Arizona, etc.) an American Indian hut made of brushwood or covered with mats.
  2. Western U.S. any rude hut.

Origin of wickiup

1850–55, Americanism; earlier and still dialectally applied to the bark- or mat-covered wigwams of the Upper Great Lakes Indians < Fox wi·kiya·pi house < Proto-Algonquian *wi·kiwa·ʔmi; cf. wigwam
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Related Words for wickiup

dwelling, shelter, lodge, home, tent, wickiup, tepee

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Historical Examples of wickiup

  • Meet him at the Wickiup Sunday morning; he has full authority.

    Whispering Smith

    Frank H. Spearman

  • What, in the face of continual and unrelenting changes, could have saved the Wickiup?

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Late in the afternoon the Pittsburg train drew up at the Wickiup.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Gertrude, I must go to the Wickiup at once to get further news.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • She found that the open area before the wickiup was crowded, and she could not get close.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for wickiup


wikiup or wickyup

  1. US and Canadian a crude shelter made of brushwood, mats, or grass and having an oval frame, esp of a kind used by nomadic Indians now in Oklahoma and neighbouring states of the US

Word Origin for wickiup

C19: from Sac, Fox, and Kickapoo wikiyap; compare wigwam
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