ducky

1 [duhk-ee]
adjective, duckier, duckiest. Informal.
1.
fine; excellent; wonderful.
2.
darling; charming; cute.

Origin:
1810–20; duck1 + -y1

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ducky

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

Origin:
1530–40; duck1 + -y2 (perhaps alteration by folk etymology of Middle Dutch docke doll

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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
 
adj
2.  delightful; fine
 
duckie or informal duckie
 
n
 
adj

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ducky
"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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ducky definition


  1. mod.
    okay; good. (Often used sarcastically.) : Now, isn't that just ducky?
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Example sentences
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.
Rubber ducky racers will be available for adoption throughout the day.
The latter has only confused matters thoroughly by having everything turn out ducky in the end.
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