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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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