or wick·y·up, wik·i·up
- (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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Examples from the Web for wikiup
He just stuck his nose into old Hagar's wikiup—and one sniff seemed to be about all he wanted.
Then he saw Peppajee sitting beside his own wikiup, and went to him instead.
This stuff will do for firewood, and in a minute you can take the ax and I will build the wikiup.
To his surprise, Brent found that inside the wikiup he could breathe freely.
The first of these I saw was in old Jennie Davenport's wikiup.
- a variant spelling of wickiup
wikiup or wickyup
- 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
C19: from Sac, Fox, and Kickapoo wikiyap; compare wigwam