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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dick•y  (dikē), 
n., pl. dick•ies. 
  1. Animal Husbandry, Birds, British Terms, Clothingdickey1.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
dick•ey1 or dick•y /ˈdɪki/USA pronunciation   n. [countable],pl. -eys or -ies. 
  1. Clothinga garment that resembles the front or collar of a shirt, worn under a jacket or dress.
  2. Birdsa small bird.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dick•ey1  (dikē), 
n., pl. -eys. 
  • Clothingan article of clothing made to look like the front or collar of a shirt, blouse, vest, etc., worn as a separate piece under another garment, as a jacket or dress. Cf. vest (def. 2),vestee. 
  • Clothinga detachable linen shirt collar.
  • Clothinga bib or pinafore worn by a child.
  • Birdsa small bird.
  • Animal Husbandrya donkey, esp. a male.
  • an outside seat on a carriage.
  • [Brit.]See rumble seat (def. 1).
  • Also,dicky, dickie. 
    Etymology:
    • generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name 1745–55

    dick•ey2  (dikē), 
    adj. [Chiefly Brit. Slang.]
  • Slang Termsnot working properly;
    faulty:I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.
  • Etymology:
    • origin, originally uncertain 1805–15

    Dick•ey  (dikē), 
    n. 
  • MonarchyJames, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    dicky, dickey /ˈdɪkɪ/ n ( pl dickies, dickeys)
    1. a woman's false blouse front, worn to fill in the neck of a jacket or low-cut dress
    2. Also called: dicky bow Brit a bow tie

    3. Also called: dickybird, dickeybird a child's word for a bird, esp a small one
    4. a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars
    Etymology: 18th Century (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure
    dicky, dickey /ˈdɪkɪ/ adj (dickier, dickiest)
    1. Brit informal in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliable: I feel a bit dicky today
    Etymology: 18th Century: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill



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