Adjective "dickey" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈdɪki/

Definitions and examples

noun

A false shirt front.
  1. 'He is extremely proud of his Waiter's Union and always dresses well in his one tuxedo and dickey.'
  2. 'Old white men wielding Martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.'
  3. 'He calls Francie his Prima Donna and gets ready in his white dickey and pearl studs for work.'
A folding outside seat at the back of a vehicle.
    The boot of a car.
    1. 'Will have the latest music system of 1000 MW or more power output and umpteen speakers all over the vehicle, dicky included.'

    adjective

    (of a part of the body, a structure, or a device) not strong, healthy, or functioning reliably.
    1. 'Yes, I know I devoted a whole entry to ‘how I had a dicky tummy and went home’ yesterday, but I'm not trying to make money out of this.'
    2. 'His father, despite a dicky heart, had married a second time, in 1911.'
    3. 'It would be interesting to know how many other United players have spent the last week wishing they too had a dicky hamstring and such unchallengeable seniority.'
    4. 'US District Judge John Shabaz last week ruled that Earthlink was not liable for using dicky data from a third party because of provisions in the 1996 Telecommunications Act.'
    5. 'Struggled into work and spent the entire day trying not to fall asleep at my desk (I managed to get some shut-eye in the loos though - feigning a dicky tummy and doing my best to look pale, which wasn't too difficult).'
    6. 'You've had a dicky stomach for the last couple of days.'
    7. 'Light for me, that is, with my dicky tummy, not overly light for Graham, who does all the hard work around here.'
    8. 'After failing a fitness test, Damien Duff has not even made the Chelsea bench; his notoriously dicky hamstrings proving the source of the Irishman's misfortune once again.'
    9. 'I believe that society permits men to become ill provided their condition conforms to accepted stereotypes: the 40 something CEO with a dicky heart, or the younger man with a sports injury.'
    10. 'If I were to wait until some kind of separate road system for cycles is introduced, a dicky heart would have taken me to my grave before I managed to get on my bike.'

    Definitions

    1. an article of clothing made to look like the front or collar of a shirt, blouse, vest, etc., worn as a separate piece under another garment, as a jacket or dress.Compare vest (def 2), vestee.

    2. a detachable linen shirt collar.

    3. a bib or pinafore worn by a child.

    4. a small bird.

    5. a donkey, especially a male.

    6. an outside seat on a carriage.

    7. British. rumble seat (def 1).

    More examples(as adjective)

    "sectors can be dickey."

    "chiefs can be dickey."

    "units can be dickey."

    "stocks can be dickey."

    "saws can be dickey."

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    Origin

    (dickey)Late 18th century (in the sense ‘almost over’): perhaps from the given name Dick, in the old saying as queer as Dick's hatband.