hickie

hickey

[hik-ee]
noun, plural hickeys.
1.
Slang.
a.
a pimple.
b.
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

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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]

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hickie
"mark on skin made by biting or sucking during foreplay or sex," 1956; earlier "pimple, skin lesion" (c.1915) or "any unspecified object" (1909, cf. doohickey, still used in this sense).
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hickey definition

[ˈhɪki]
and hicky
  1. n.
    a love bite; a mark on the skin caused by biting or sucking. (See also monkey bite.) : She wore a high collar to cover up a hickey.
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