noun (plural dickies or dickeys)informal
- 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?
- 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.
mid 18th century (denoting a petticoat): each sense probably has different origins; perhaps partly from Dicky, pet form of the given name Richard.
adjective (dickier, dickiest)British informal
- 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.