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dickey1

[dik-ee] /ˈdɪk i/
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
1745-1755
1745-55; generic use of Dicky, diminutive of Dick, proper name

dickey2

[dik-ee] /ˈdɪk i/
adjective, Chiefly British Slang.
1.
not working properly; faulty:
I'm fed up with this dickey air conditioner.
Origin
1805-15; origin uncertain

Dickey

[dik-ee] /ˈdɪk i/
noun
1.
James, 1923–97, U.S. poet and novelist.
2.
William ("Bill") 1907–93, U.S. baseball player.
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British Dictionary definitions for dickey

dicky1

/ˈdɪkɪ/
noun (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.
(mainly Brit) an informal name for a donkey, esp a male one
5.
Also called dickybird, dickeybird. a child's word for a bird, esp a small one
6.
a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars US and Canadian name rumble seat
7.
(Indian) Also called boot. an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear
Word Origin
C18 (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure

dicky2

/ˈdɪkɪ/
adjective dickier, dickiest
1.
(Brit, informal) in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliable: I feel a bit dicky today
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill
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