Definition of dicky in English:


Syllabification: dick·y
Pronunciation: /ˈdikē

adjective (dickier, dickiest)

British informal
(Of a part of the body, a structure, or a device) not strong, healthy, or functioning reliably: a man with a dicky leg
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  • Andy, because of his dicky heart was excused, and was put in charge of liberating different coloured pens from the heavily guarded stock cupboard to make the graph more interesting.
  • He is Val, or Uncle Val as he likes to be known, an old man with a generous streak, a dicky heart and a customised Roller.
  • 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.


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

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