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Dickey \Dick"ey\, Dicky \Dick"y\, n.

  1. 1. A false detachable shirt front or bosom. [Also spelled dickie.]

  2. A gentleman's shirt collar. [Local, U. S.]

  3. A hat; esp., in U. S., a stiff hat or derby; in Eng., a straw hat. [Slang]

    1. A seat for the driver (In a carriage); -- called also dickey box or dickie seat.

    2. A seat at the back for servants.

  4. One of various animals; specif.:

    1. A donkey.

    2. Any small bird; -- called also dickeybird or dickey bird. [Colloq.]

    3. The hedge sparrow. [Dial. Eng.]

    4. The haddock.


n. 1 (given name male diminutive=Richard). 2 (surname patronymic from=given names)


adj. (British informal) faulty; "I've got this dicky heart"- John le Carre [syn: dicky]

  1. n. a small third seat in the back of an old-fashioned two-seater [syn: dickie, dicky, dickey-seat, dickie-seat, dicky-seat]

  2. a man's detachable insert (usually starched) to simulate the front of a shirt [syn: dickie, dicky, shirtfront]

Dickey, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 57
Housing Units (2000): 31
Land area (2000): 0.218560 sq. miles (0.566067 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.218560 sq. miles (0.566067 sq. km)
FIPS code: 19580
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 46.536315 N, 98.469659 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 58431
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dickey, ND
Dickey -- U.S. County in North Dakota
Population (2000): 5757
Housing Units (2000): 2656
Land area (2000): 1131.000015 sq. miles (2929.276466 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 10.658918 sq. miles (27.606471 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1141.658933 sq. miles (2956.882937 sq. km)
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 46.103471 N, 98.452616 W
Dickey, ND
Dickey County
Dickey County, ND
Dickey (garment)

A dickey (alternatively written as dickie or dicky; sometimes known in American English as a tuxedo front or tux front) is a type of false shirt-front - originally known as a detachable bosom - designed to be worn with a tuxedo or men's white tie, usually attached to the collar and then tucked into the waistcoat or cummerbund. Better dickeys have a trouser tab at the end to secure them down, preventing the dickey from popping out. The rigid plastic dickey came into fashion in the latter years of the 19th century, and was one of the first successful commercial applications of celluloid.

The invention of the dickey was to make the bosom front of a full dress shirt a separate entity in itself, like the detachable collar, so it could be laundered and starched more easily than a traditional shirt with the bosom attached. The use of the dickey was considered bad style by traditionalists and had fallen out of use. Shirts with an attached bosom are now rare in themselves since traditional evening dress is no longer regularly worn.

The etymology can be attributed to Cockney rhyming slang where a "dicky dirt" is a shirt.

Dickey (name)

Dickey is a surname, a nickname and a given name.

Usage examples of "dickey".

When I mounted the dickey I had imagined myself driving a peppery old colonel to some lonesome and cabless region, half a dozen miles from where he wanted to go, and there leaving him upon the kerbstone to swear.

When briefing Wolfe on the tapestries and telling us about his staff, Bottweill had called Margot Dickey his contact woman, Cherry Quon his handy girl, and Emil Hatch his pet wizard, and when I met Hatch I found that he both looked the part and acted it.

I left, going to the studio, and found Miss Quon and Miss Dickey and Mr.

To this Harriet assented, and leaving a message for Chatterton, they entered the coach of Marian, and Pendennyss, mounting the dickey, drove off.

Cherry Quon's position in the setup was apparently minor, since she functioned chiefly as a receptionist and phone-answerer, but I had seen her black eyes dart daggers at Margot Dickey, who should have been clear out of her reach.

What in particular excited in me this feeling was their feet, their dirty nails and fingers, a particularly long talon on Operoff's obtrusive little finger, their red shirts, their dickeys, the chaff which they good-naturedly threw at one another, the dirty room, a habit which Zuchin had of continually snuffling and pressing a finger to his nose, and, above all, their manner of speaking--that is to say, their use and intonation of words.

Air policemen in natty uniforms with white dickeys at their throats manned the gates and patrolled chain link fences topped with barbed wire while they fought to keep their spiffy blue berets in place against the wind.

In deer-hunting season men in fluorescent-orange hunters' dickeys came in carloads to prowl through the woods but it wasn't deer-hunting season now.

He hated the with their glaring orange Day-Glo dickeys worn over bulky camouflage jackets.

Dickey and Ed Shad, reported seeing a commercial airliner make a regular approach to the National Airport in about the same area of the sky.

If he says you are Doc Savage and outfit, I am going to be happier than a dickey bird in a worm barrel.

He can say that while he was in the dressing room putting on the costume he heard someone in the office and peeked out to see who it was, and he saw Margot Dickey get the bottle from the desk drawer and put something in it and put the bottle back in the drawer, and go out.

They will question you at length about your talk with Bottweill yesterday morning at breakfast, wanting to know all that he said about his meeting with Miss Dickey in his office Thursday evening, and under the pressure of inquisition you might inadvertently let something slip regarding what he told you about Santa Claus.