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[duhk-ee] /ˈdʌk i/
adjective, duckier, duckiest. Informal.
fine; excellent; wonderful.
darling; charming; cute.
Origin of ducky1
1810-20; duck1 + -y1


[duhk-ee] /ˈdʌk i/
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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  • He was already familiar with flesh-and-blood armadillos, having eaten those shucked, ducky ones with his ostrich dumplings.
  • If so maybe the rubber ducky idea isn't the best application.
  • The latter has only confused matters thoroughly by having everything turn out ducky in the end.
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British Dictionary definitions for ducky


noun (pl) duckies
(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
delightful; fine
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Word Origin and History for ducky

"excellent," slang from 1897 (often ironical),perhaps from duckie as a term of endearment (early 19c.). Probably not related to much earlier slang noun meaning "a woman's breast" ["...whose pritty duckys I trust shortly to kysse," Henry VIII, c.1536 letter to Anne Boleyn, who, contrary to rumor, did not have three of them].

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Slang definitions & phrases for ducky


  1. Excellent, splendid; delightful • Often used ironically: Everything was just ducky until Lally went into that dame's house/ Oh, me? I'm just ducky (1897+)
  2. Cute; too cute; corny: Pastel phials tied with ducky satin bows (1897+)

Dear one; precious; dearie, ducks: Are you quite ready, duckie? (1819+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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