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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
(dik′ē), n., pl. dick•ies. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Animal Husbandry, Birds, British Terms, Clothingdickey1.
dick•ey1 or dick•y /ˈdɪki/USA pronunciation
n. [countable],pl. -eys or -ies. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Clothinga garment that resembles the front or collar of a shirt, worn under a jacket or dress.
- Birdsa small bird.
(dik′ē), 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, dick′ie.
(dik′ē), adj. [Chiefly Brit. Slang.]
Slang Termsnot working properly;
- generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name 1745–55
faulty:I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.
MonarchyJames, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
- origin, originally uncertain 1805–15
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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