hickey

[hik-ee] /ˈhɪk i/
noun, plural hickeys.
1.
Slang.
  1. a pimple.
  2. a reddish mark left on the skin by a passionate kiss.
2.
any device or gadget whose name is not known or is momentarily forgotten.
3.
Electricity. a fitting used to mount a lighting fixture in an outlet box or on a pipe or stud.
4.
a tool used to bend tubes and pipes.
Also, hickie.
Origin
1905–10; Americanism; of obscure origin; senses under def. 1 perhaps a separate word, though the development “device > defective device > defect, blemish, mark” is also possible; cf. doohickey
British Dictionary definitions for hickey
hickey (ˈhɪkɪ)
 
n
1.  informal (US), (Canadian) an object or gadget: used as a name when the correct name is forgotten, etc; doodah
2.  informal (US), (Canadian) a mark on the skin, esp a lovebite
3.  printing a spot on a printed sheet caused by an imperfection or a speck on the printing plate
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Slang related to hickey

hickey

noun
  1. Any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; doodad, doohickey, gadget : We have little hickeys beside our seats (1909+)
  2. A blackhead, pimple, or other minor skin lesion; zit (1915+)
  3. A mark on the skin made by biting or sucking during a sex act : line of hickeys, or love bites/ Violet came home from the mall with a leather bustier and a hickey (1956+)

Dictionary of American Slang
Copyright © 1986 by HarperCollins Publishers
Cite This Source

Rhymes with hickey

Difficulty index for hickey

Few English speakers likely know this word

Tile value for hickey

18
17
Scrabble Words With Friends