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Definition of dicky bird in English:


A child’s word for a bird.
[ Late 18th century: probably from Dicky, pet form of the given name Richard]
Example sentences
  • A little dicky bird tootled discordantly by the waterhole the other day, distracting the Professor from his joyful sifting of all the bargains to be found on the bustling bourses of our free-market world.
  • A tiny dicky bird has told me Edmonton's answer to Rufus Wainwright will bring his quirky sensibility to the upcoming Enbridge Symphony in the Park.
  • That's what a little dicky bird claims to have overheard, and he has passed along the transcript to the Professor.


not a dicky bird

Not a word; nothing at all: ‘Did you hear from her?’ ‘Not a dicky bird.’
[Dicky bird being rhyming slang for 'word']
More example sentences
  • I haven't had one phone call from him since, not a dicky bird.
  • ‘We've not heard from Hull at all - not a dicky bird,’ said Caisley.
  • I sent the application on 7 October from Sydney, they've taken the deposit, but not a dicky bird on acknowledgment.

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