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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
dick•y  (dikē), 
n., pl. dick•ies.

    Animal Husbandry, Birds, British Terms, Clothingdickey1.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.


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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