dicky


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dick·y

 (dĭk′ē)
n.
Variant of dickey.

dicky

(ˈdɪkɪ) or

dickey

n, pl dickies or dickeys
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's false blouse front, worn to fill in the neck of a jacket or low-cut dress
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a man's false shirt front, esp one worn with full evening dress
3. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: dicky bow Brit a bow tie
4. (Animals) chiefly Brit an informal name for a donkey, esp a male one
5. (Animals) Also called: dickybird or dickeybird a child's word for a bird, esp a small one
6. (Automotive Engineering) a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars. US and Canadian name: rumble seat
7. (Automotive Engineering) Also called: boot Indian an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc, usually at the rear
[C18 (in the senses: donkey, shirt front): from Dickey, diminutive of Dick (name); the relationship of the various senses is obscure]

dicky

(ˈdɪkɪ) or

dickey

adj, dickier or dickiest
informal Brit in bad condition; shaky, unsteady, or unreliable: I feel a bit dicky today.
[C18: perhaps from the name Dick in the phrase as queer as Dick's hatband feeling ill]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dicky - a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seaterdicky - a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seater
backseat - a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile)
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.dicky - a man's detachable insert (usually starched) to simulate the front of a shirt
insert, inset - an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted
shirt - a garment worn on the upper half of the body
Adj.1.dicky - (British informal) faulty; "I've got this dicky heart"- John le Carre
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
impaired - diminished in strength, quality, or utility; "impaired eyesight"

dicky

adjective (Brit. informal) weak, poorly, dodgy, queer (informal), shaky, unreliable, sickly, unsteady, unsound, iffy (informal), fluttery He always has a dicky stomach after eating curry.
Translations

dicky

[ˈdɪkɪ] ADJ (dickier (compar) (dickiest (superl)))
1. = dickey
2. to have a dicky heart (Brit) → tener el corazón fastidiado

dicky

adj (inf) heartangeknackst (inf); I feel a bit dicky (dated)ich bin ziemlich ab (inf)or erschossen (inf)
n = dickey

dicky

[ˈdɪkɪ]
1. n (of shirt) → pettino
2. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (Brit) (fam) (heart) → malandato/a
References in classic literature ?
"My dear Dicky," she interrupted, laughing at his expression, "you need not look so displeased with me.
Don't be foolish, Dicky. You have your hat in your hand.
"They're little dicky shirt- fronts belonging to Tom Titmouse --most terrible particular!" said Mrs.
"I'm not so keen on golf as some of the fellows, and my arm's still a little dicky, but I'm fed up with London, and I'm not allowed even to come before the Board again for a fortnight, so I rather welcome the chance of getting right away.