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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
dick•y  (dikē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  dick•ies. 
  1. Animal Husbandry, Birds, British Terms, Clothingdickey1.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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 © 2017
dick•ey1  (dikē),USA pronunciation  n., pl.  -eys. 
  1. 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. 
  2. Clothinga detachable linen shirt collar.
  3. Clothinga bib or pinafore worn by a child.
  4. Birdsa small bird.
  5. Animal Husbandrya donkey, esp. a male.
  6. an outside seat on a carriage.
  7. [Brit.]See  rumble seat (def. 1).
Also,  dicky, dickie. 
  • generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name 1745–55

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

    Dick•ey  (dikē),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalJames, 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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