dickey

dickey

1 [dik-ee]
noun, plural dickeys.
1.
an 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. Compare vest ( def 2 ), vestee.
2.
a detachable linen shirt collar.
3.
a bib or pinafore worn by a child.
4.
a small bird.
5.
a donkey, especially a male.
6.
an outside seat on a carriage.
7.
British, rumble seat ( def 1 ).
Also, dicky, dickie.


Origin:
1745–55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name

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dickey

2 [dik-ee]
adjective Chiefly British Slang.
not working properly; faulty: I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.

Origin:
1805–15; origin uncertain

Dickey

[dik-ee]
noun
1.
James, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
2.
William ("Bill") 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
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dicky or dickey1 (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.  a man's false shirt front, esp one worn with full evening dress
3.  (Brit) Also called: dicky bow a bow tie
4.  chiefly (Brit) an informal name for a donkey, esp a male one
5.  dickybird, Also called: dickeybird a child's word for a bird, esp a small one
6.  US and Canadian name: rumble seat a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars
7.  (Indian) Also called: boot an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear
 
[C18 (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure]
 
dickey or dickey1
 
n
 
[C18 (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure]

dicky or dickey2 (ˈdɪkɪ)
 
adj , dickier, dickiest
informal (Brit) in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliable: I feel a bit dicky today
 
[C18: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill]
 
dickey or dickey2
 
adj
 
[C18: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill]

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