from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of dickey.
  • adj. Informal Impaired; faulty; weak: "'I've got this dicky heart,' he'd say to the fool” ( John le Carré).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of dickey.
  • n. A louse
  • n. Dicky dirt = a shirt, meaning a shirt with a collar.
  • adj. Alternative spelling of dickey.
  • adj. doubtful, troublesome
  • adj. like a dick; foolish

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Faulty.
  • n. See dickey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ass; a donkey.
  • n. A leathern apron.
  • n. A child's bib.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A kind of high standing shirt-collar formerly worn.
  • n. 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.
  • Poor in quality or condition; ‘sorry’; ‘queer’: as, a dicky lot; a dicky concern.

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

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


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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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