2 [duhk-ee]
noun, plural duckies. British Slang.
(used as a term of endearment or familiarity) dear; sweetheart; darling; pet.

1530–40; duck1 + -y2 (perhaps alteration by folk etymology of Middle Dutch docke doll Unabridged
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ducky or informal duckie (ˈdʌkɪ)
n , pl duckies
1.  (Brit) darling or dear: used as a term of endearment among women, but now often used in imitation of the supposed usage of homosexual men
2.  delightful; fine
duckie or informal duckie

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"excellent," slang from 1897; probably not related to much earlier slang noun meaning "a woman's breast" ["...whose pritty duckys I trust shortly to kysse," Henry VIII, letter to Anne Boleyn, c.1536].
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