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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
n., pl. dick•ies.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
Animal Husbandry, Birds, British Terms, Clothingdickey1.
dick•ey1 or dick•y /ˈdɪki/USA pronunciation
n. [countable],pl. -eys or -ies.
- Clothinga garment that resembles the front or collar of a shirt, worn under a jacket or dress.
- Birdsa small bird.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dicky, dickey /ˈdɪkɪ/ n ( pl dickies, dickeys)
Etymology: 18th Century (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure
- a woman's false blouse front, worn to fill in the neck of a jacket or low-cut dress
- Also called: dicky bow Brit a bow tie
Also called: dickybird, dickeybird a child's word for a bird, esp a small one
- a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars
dicky, dickey /ˈdɪkɪ/ adj (dickier, dickiest)
Etymology: 18th Century: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill
- Brit informal in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliable: I feel a bit dicky today
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