There are 2 definitions of dicky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪki
 
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(also dickey)

noun (plural dickies or dickeys)

informal
  • 1A false shirt front.
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    • He is extremely proud of his Waiter's Union and always dresses well in his one tuxedo and dickey.
    • Old white men wielding Martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.
    • How come you never see men wearing dickies any more?
  • 2 dated , chiefly British A folding outside seat at the back of a vehicle.
  • 2.1 historical A driver’s seat in a carriage.
  • 3Indian The boot of a car.
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    • There is no STD code, only area code; your car has a hood and trunk and not a bonnet or a boot, or a dickey.
    • I have to get the dent in the dicky repaired at that time.
    • Will have the latest music system of 1000 MW or more power output and umpteen speakers all over the vehicle, dicky included.

Origin

mid 18th century (denoting a petticoat): each sense probably has different origins; perhaps partly from Dicky, pet form of the given name Richard.

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There are 2 definitions of dicky in English:

dicky2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪki
 
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adjective (dickier, dickiest)

British informal
  • (Of a part of the body, a structure, or a device) not strong, healthy, or functioning reliably: a pianist with a dicky heart
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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.
    Synonyms
    unsound, unsteady, unreliable; weak, frail, infirm, unhealthy, ailing, poorly, sickly, sick; shaky, fluttery, fluttering, trembling
    informal iffy
    British informal dodgy

Origin

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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