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Mickey

[mik-ee] /ˈmɪk i/
noun, plural Mickeys.
1.
Also called Mickey Finn. Slang. a drink, usually alcoholic, to which a drug, purgative, or the like, has been secretly added, that renders the unsuspecting drinker helpless.
2.
(often lowercase). Also, micky. a potato, especially a roasted Irish potato.
3.
a male or female given name.
adjective
4.
(sometimes lowercase) mickey mouse.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; Mick (see Mick) + -ey2

Wright

[rahyt] /raɪt/
noun
1.
Charles, born 1935, U.S. poet.
2.
Frances or Fanny, 1795–1852, U.S. abolitionist and social reformer, born in Scotland.
3.
Frank Lloyd, 1867–1959, U.S. architect.
4.
James, 1927–80, U.S. poet and translator.
5.
Joseph (Wright of Derby) 1734–97, English painter.
6.
Joseph, 1855–1935, English philologist and lexicographer.
7.
Mary Kathryn ("Mickey") born 1935, U.S. golfer.
8.
Orville
[awr-vil] /ˈɔr vɪl/ (Show IPA),
1871–1948, and his brother Wilbur, 1867–1912, U.S. aeronautical inventors.
9.
Richard, 1908–60, U.S. novelist.
10.
Russel
[ruhs-uh l] /ˈrʌs əl/ (Show IPA),
1904–76, U.S. industrial designer.
11.
Willard Huntington (S. S. Van Dine) 1888–1939, U.S. journalist, critic, and author.
12.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for Mickey

Mick

/mɪk/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) (derogatory) a slang name for an Irishman or a Roman Catholic
2.
(Austral) the tails side of a coin
Word Origin
C19: from the nickname for Michael

mickey1

/ˈmɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) take the mickey, take the mickey out of someone, to tease someone
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

mickey2

/ˈmɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(Austral, informal) a young bull, esp one that is wild and unbranded

mickey3

/ˈmɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(Canadian) a liquor bottle of 0.375 litre capacity, flat on one side and curved on the other to fit into a pocket
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

wright

/raɪt/
noun
1.
(now chiefly in combination) a person who creates, builds, or repairs something specified: a playwright, a shipwright
Word Origin
Old English wryhta, wyrhta; related to Old Frisian wrichta, Old Saxon, Old High German wurhtio. See work

Wright

/raɪt/
noun
1.
Frank Lloyd. 1869–1959, US architect, whose designs include the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1916), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1943), and many private houses. His "organic architecture" sought a close relationship between buildings and their natural surroundings
2.
Joseph, known as Wright of Derby. 1734–97, British painter, noted for his paintings of industrial and scientific subjects, esp The Orrery (?1765) and The Air Pump (1768)
3.
Joseph. 1855–1930, British philologist; editor of The English Dialect Dictionary (1898–1905)
4.
Judith (Arundel). 1915–2000, Australian poet, critic, and conservationist. Her collections of poetry include The Moving Image (1946), Woman to Man (1949), and A Human Pattern (1990)
5.
Richard. 1908–60, US Black novelist and short-story writer, best known for the novel Native Son (1940)
6.
Wilbur (1867–1912) and his brother, Orville (1871–1948), US aviation pioneers, who designed and flew the first powered aircraft (1903)
7.
William, known as Billy. 1924–94, English footballer: winner of 105 caps
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Word Origin and History for Mickey

mickey

n.

short for Mickey Finn, 1938.

wright

n.

Old English wryhta, wrihta "worker" (Northumbrian wyrchta, Kentish werhta), variant of earlier wyhrta, from wyrcan "to work" (see work). Now usually in combinations (wheelwright, playwright, etc.) or as a common surname. Common West Germanic; cf. Old Saxon wurhito, Old Frisian wrichta, Old High German wurhto.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Mickey in Medicine

Wright (rīt), Sir Almroth Edward. 1861-1947.

British physician and pathologist who developed (1896) a vaccine against typhoid fever.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for Mickey

Mickey

noun
  1. A potato: We stole our first mickies together from Gordon's fruit stand/ roast mickies in the gutter fires (1940s+)
  2. mickey finn: Mickeys act so drastically that one may kill a drunk with a weak heart (1915+)
  3. A half-bottle of liquor (1914+)
  4. (also Mickey Mouse) A white person; irish, ofay: and the Mickey, which is you, be dead a long time ago, except he says no (1970s+ Black)
Related Terms

slip someone a mickey

[potato sense probably by association with the common phrase Irish potato]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Mickey in Technology

unit, humour
The unit of resolution of mouse movement.
It has been suggested that the "disney" will become a benchmark unit for animation graphics performance.
[Jargon File]
(1999-06-30)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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