wick

1
[ wik ]
/ wɪk /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to draw off (liquid) by capillary action.

Origin of wick

1
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 forms

wick·less, adjective
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wick

1
/ (wɪk) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

wicking, noun

Word Origin for wick

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

British Dictionary definitions for wickless (2 of 4)

wick

2
/ (wɪk) /

noun

archaic a village or hamlet

Word Origin for wick

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

British Dictionary definitions for wickless (3 of 4)

wick

3
/ (wɪk) /

adjective Northern English dialect

lively or active
alive or crawlinga dog wick with fleas

Word Origin for wick

dialect variant of quick alive

British Dictionary definitions for wickless (4 of 4)

Wick

/ (wɪk) /

noun

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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