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The Collaborative International Dictionary

hickey \hick"ey\, hickie \hick"ie\n.

  1. (Elec.) A device used to adapt a lighting fixture for mounting in an outlet box, or on a pipe.

  2. A red mark on the skin, caused by a passionate, sucking kiss at that location. [slang]

  3. a doohickey. [informal]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

see hickie.


n. 1 (context US slang English) A bruise-like mark made during petting by pressing the mouth to the skin on one’s partner’s body and sucking. 2 (context informal slang English) an object whose name is unknown or cannot be recalled. 3 (context printing English) A printing defect caused by foreign matter on the printing surface resulting in a ring where the ink is missing, appearing as a spot of ink surrounded by a halo. 4 Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury. 5 A tool for making smooth, semicircular bends in conduit and pipe. 6 (context US slang business finance English) An unintended negative outcome or loss in regards to a deal or action, often preceded by the words "taking a ..." or "took a ... ".

  1. n. a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne [syn: pimple]

  2. a temporary red mark on a person's skin resulting from kissing or sucking by their lover [syn: love bite]

  3. something whose name is either forgotten or not known [syn: dohickey, dojigger, doodad, doohickey, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy]

Hickey (disambiguation)

A Hickey is a mark on the skin caused by amorous contact. Hickey may also refer to:

  • Hickey (surname), including list of people with the surname
  • Hickey (band), melodic" punk band from San Francisco's Mission District
  • Hickey College, private career college in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Hickey (band)

Hickey (also known as "The Naked Cult of Hickey") was a melodic punk band from San Francisco's Mission District. The band often recorded, released and distributed their own music. Elaborate and very personal artwork was the style used for the band's records, and they were well known for their raucous and sometimes antagonizing live performances.

Hickey (surname)

Hickey is a common surname of Irish origin. The original form is Ó hÍceadha, which is still used in Ireland. Notable people with the surname include:


A hickey, kiss mark, love bite, or bug bite is a bruise or bruise-like mark caused by the kissing or sucking of the skin, usually on the neck or arm. While biting might be part of giving a hickey, sucking is sufficient to burst small superficial blood vessels under the skin.

Hickeys typically last from five to twelve days and may be treated in the same way as other bruises. Ways to reduce the appearance of hickeys include icing recent hickeys to reduce swelling, rubbing them with a chilled spoon to remove the bruise, and applying a warm compress to older hickeys to dilate vessels and promote blood flow. They can be covered with an orange or peachy based concealer, powder or fake tan. Alternatively, articles of clothing such as scarves, snoods, turtle necks, or sleeves may be used to conceal hickeys.

Usage examples of "hickey".

As Huey studied the little house, Joe Hickey climbed out of the truck.

When he reached the playhouse, he looked around blankly at Hickey, then folded his giant frame into a squat.

Joe Hickey was sitting calmly at the kitchen table, drinking from one of the glasses of tea.

Karen forced back fresh tears, unwilling to give Hickey the satisfaction of seeing them.

She tossed it onto the table beside Hickey, cracking one of the white tiles of its surface.

She watched Hickey closely, trying to get a handle on the man beneath the bluster.

She felt a frightening energy radiating from Hickey, a sort of survival desperation.

The Expedition jounced and jumped along rutted ground beneath black trees, Hickey sitting stiff behind the wheel.

She was terrified that Hickey would wreck the Expedition before they reached Abby.

As she threw up her hand to shield her eyes, Hickey stopped the Expedition and blinked the headlights twice.

She was halfway there when Hickey cracked her on the back of the head with what felt like a hammer, sending her sprawling onto the hard dirt.

That meant Abby was being held somewhere south of Jackson and west of 1-55, if Hickey had taken that interstate.

As Hickey laughed, she arranged the tail of her blouse so that it fell into her lap.

She could endure the worst that an animal like Hickey could dish out, and be there to hug Abby when it was over.

And about why Hickey had chosen to spend the night with Karen rather than with him.