wickiup

or wick·y·up, wik·i·up

[wik-ee-uhp]

noun

(in Nevada, Arizona, etc.) an American Indian hut made of brushwood or covered with mats.
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

Examples from the Web for wickiup

Historical Examples of wickiup

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

    Whispering Smith

    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

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

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman

  • Even though the pale eyes killed your husband, you took a pale eyes into your wickiup.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea


British Dictionary definitions for wickiup

wickiup

wikiup or wickyup

noun

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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