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n. pl. hick·eys Informal
1. A device or contrivance; a gadget.
a. A reddish mark on the skin caused by amorous kissing, biting, or sucking.
b. A pimple.
3. A pipe-bending apparatus.
4. A threaded electrical fitting used to connect a fixture to an outlet box.

[Origin unknown.]


1. informal US and Canadian an object or gadget: used as a name when the correct name is forgotten, etc; doodah
2. informal US and Canadian a mark on the skin, esp a lovebite
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a spot on a printed sheet caused by an imperfection or a speck on the printing plate
[C20: of unknown origin]


or hick•ie

(ˈhɪk i)

n., pl. -eys or -ies.
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 forgotten or not known.
3. 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.
[1905–10, Amer.; of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hickey - a small inflamed elevation of the skinhickey - a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne
acne - an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones
papule - a small inflamed elevation of skin that is nonsuppurative (as in chicken pox)
pustule - a small inflamed elevation of skin containing pus; a blister filled with pus
2.hickey - a temporary red mark on a person's skin resulting from kissing or sucking by their lover
erythema - abnormal redness of the skin resulting from dilation of blood vessels (as in sunburn or inflammation)


[ˈhɪkɪ] N (US) (= pimple) → grano m; (= love-bite) → mordisco m amoroso, chupón m


n (inf)
(= thingummy)Dingsbums nt (inf)
(= love bite)Knutschfleck m (inf)


n chupetón m, chupón m, marca roja en la piel producida por un beso fuerte
References in classic literature ?
The Story of Havelok the Dane, rendered into later English by Emily Hickey.
I signed myself Glasspool, care of Hickey, 38, Conduit Street; that's my tailor, and after sending the wire I went round and told him what to expect.
This happens every day about this time, said Madison Hickey, a senior studying agricultural communication at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
Survivors include her children, Lisa (Matt) Pieper, James "Scooter" (Lisa) Johnson and Genia (Paul) Komoromi; grandchildren, Tyler (Carmen Turnbough) Pieper, Hayden Pieper, Joshua Johnson, Brittani (Robert Langwith) Johnson, Emily Johnson, Jordan (Alyssa Hamilton) Johnson, Ryan (Corey Ellis) Komoromi, Casey (Brittany) Komoromi, Alex (Emilie Miller) Bauer and Ashely (Shane Furgeson) Komoromi; great-grandchildren, Kinley Komoromi, Sadie Komoromi and Reilly Johnson; brothers, Charles (Sharon) Hickey and Michael Hickey; and sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gareth William Joseph Hickey, 35, was handed an 18-month community order by Judge Paul Thomas QC, after already serving eight months on remand for the attack in Colwyn Bay in May 2012.
Gemma Hickey will no longer be at the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in November to challenge the provincial Vital Statistics Act.
At an Oireachtas Committee to discuss the report into the scandal, sparked by the arrest of OCI president Pat Hickey at last year's Games, Mr Ross hit out at the "feeble corporate governance in the OCI".
Our sauce isn't like other barbecue sauces," says Rebecca McCrea, founder and proprietor of Hickey Bottom Barbecue Co.
Four men - Patrick Molloy, James Robinson and cousins Vincent Hickey and Michael Hickey - were arrested for the horror.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is unclear about the exact accusations against Irish Olympic executive Patrick Hickey, an IOC spokesman said yesterday, more than 24 hours after Hickey's arrest in a ticket scalping scandal.
Due to the construction of the house, Fire Chief Brian Hickey said, it didn't take long for the fire to jump from the first floor to the third floor and into the attic.
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