from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ass; a donkey.
  • Poor in quality or condition; ‘sorry’; ‘queer’: as, a dicky lot; a dicky concern.
  • noun A leathern apron.
  • noun A child's bib.
  • noun A shirt-front; a separate front worn over the breast in place of a shirt, or to hide a shirt not fit to be seen.
  • noun A kind of high standing shirt-collar formerly worn.
  • noun The seat in a carriage on which the driver sits, whether in front or not; a seat behind the body of a carriage for servants, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective British informal Faulty.
  • noun See dickey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of dickey.
  • noun colloquial A louse
  • noun Cockney rhyming slang Dicky dirt = a shirt, meaning a shirt with a collar.
  • adjective Alternative spelling of dickey.
  • adjective colloquial doubtful, troublesome
  • adjective vulgar like a dick; foolish

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (British informal) faulty
  • noun a man's detachable insert (usually starched) to simulate the front of a shirt
  • noun a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seater


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  • An illstarched dicky jutted up and with a rude gesture he thrust it back into his waistcoat.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 7

    January 2, 2007