from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as wincey.


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  • Alfred had the strange impression of Haplo's mind racing down a track, like the flash rafts of the Kicksey-winsey, the great iron carriages that scuttled along on iron rails, powered by the lightning of the 'lectric zingers.

    The Seventh Gate

  • He could see the continent of Drevlin, the metal parts of the great Kicksey-winsey flashing in the intermittent sunlight.

    The Seventh Gate

  • The Sartan ran the star chambers, which were designed to work with the Kicksey-winsey to beam energy to the other worlds.

    The Seventh Gate

  • The Kicksey-winsey would be up and running, the citadels in operation.

    The Seventh Gate

  • The citadels need the energy from the Kicksey-winsey.

    The Seventh Gate

  • On Arianus, the great Kicksey-winsey went to work, but it lacked direction.

    The Seventh Gate

  • Thus the Kicksey-winsey on Arianus will still send energy to the citadels on Pryan, which will beam energy to the conduits on Abarrach, which will in turn send" "

    The Seventh Gate

  • Light glinted and flashed off the gold and silver and brass parts of the fabulous Kicksey-winsey.

    The Seventh Gate

  • The Kenkari, reading the book on the Kicksey-winsey, realized that the machine would bring the lands of the elves and the humans together, that the dwarves would have control over the machine.

    The Seventh Gate

  • Even when parts of the Kicksey-winsey broke down, it worked; other parts worked to repair those that didn't.

    The Hand of Chaos


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  • Oh, dear, such a heavy responsibility. How to rhyme a variant spelling of an obscure British word? The letter "c" in the town of Quincy in my part of the world is voiced, like a "z." Elsewhere it is unvoiced, like an "s." I see the same potential for confusion in the "s" of winsey.

    The unvoiced version could produce something like this:

    A man of refinement from Cinci

    Despised all that's vulgar and chintzy.

    Bad taste, like an itch,

    Caused a squirm and a twitch

    That earned him the sobriquet "Winsey."

    On the other hand, the voiced version would fit the following:

    There once was a fellow named Lindsey

    Who mortified flesh out in Quincy.

    In strict discipline

    He wore next his skin

    Only underwear woven of winsey.

    I am at an impasse with pronunciation, so I give up.

    October 23, 2015

  • It's not a real word until it has a qms limerick, them's the rules.

    October 22, 2015

  • It is an alternate spelling of the word wincey which is a kind of cloth. :-)

    October 22, 2015

  • In "The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel." by Baroness Orczy, the title character says, "Ever since mademoiselle first tripped past me at the angle of the Pont Neuf dressed in winsey kirtle and wearing sabots on her feet...." Since a kirtle is a garment, I thought that winsey would be a type of cloth.

    October 22, 2015

  • "As a boy I recall washing and polishing my mother's shoes nearly every day from the spring mud and summer dust. In summer, women generally wore 'winseys,' lighter, more ruffled dresses, except when doing outdoor work—salting, potato scraping, gardening, and the like—when they wore housedresses covered with rough burlap aprons, or aprons made of burny cloth."

    —Howard Norman, The Bird Artist (New York: Picador USA), 51

    March 20, 2009