dickey bird
Dickey Dick"ey, Dicky Dick"y, n. 1.

1. A false detachable shirt front or bosom. [Also spelled {dickie}.] [1913 Webster]

2. A gentleman's shirt collar. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

3. A hat; esp., in U. S., a stiff hat or derby; in Eng., a straw hat. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. (a) A seat for the driver (In a carriage); -- called also dickey box or dickie seat. (b) A seat at the back for servants. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. One of various animals; specif.: (a) A donkey. (b) Any small bird; -- called also {dickeybird} or {dickey bird}. [Colloq.] (c) The hedge sparrow. [Dial. Eng.] (d) The haddock. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dickey bird — dickeybird dickeybird, dickey bird dickey bird . Any small bird; as, adults talking to children sometimes call small birds dickeybirds. [informal] Syn: dickybird. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dickey-bird — noun small bird; adults talking to children sometimes use these words to refer to small birds • Syn: ↑dickeybird, ↑dickybird, ↑dicky bird • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism • Hypernyms: ↑bird …   Useful english dictionary

  • dickey bird — or dicky bird noun Date: 1781 a small bird …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Dickey — Dick ey, Dicky Dick y, n. 1. 1. A false detachable shirt front or bosom. [Also spelled {dickie}.] [1913 Webster] 2. A gentleman s shirt collar. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster] 3. A hat; esp., in U. S., a stiff hat or derby; in Eng., a straw hat.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dickey — dickey1 [dik′ē] n. pl. dickeys [< the nickname DICK] 1. a man s detachable, or false, shirt front 2. a false blouse front, worn under a woman s suit jacket or dress 3. a child s bib or pinafore 4. a small bird: also dickey bird …   English World dictionary

  • dickey — dick|ey [ dıki ] noun count 1. ) a false shirt front worn under a jacket 2. ) dickey or dickey bird OLD FASHIONED a small bird such as a SPARROW …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dickey — dickey1 /dik ee/, n., pl. dickeys. 1. an article of clothing made to look like the front or collar of a shirt, blouse, vest, etc., worn as a separate piece under another garment, as a jacket or dress. Cf. vest (def. 2), vestee. 2. a detachable… …   Universalium

  • dickey — I dick•ey or dick•y [[t]ˈdɪk i[/t]] n. pl. dick•eys or dick•ies 1) clo a garment that resembles the front or collar of a shirt and is worn as a separate piece under a jacket, dress, or the like Compare vest 2),vestee 2) orn a small bird 3) ahb. a …   From formal English to slang

  • dickey — dick·ey || dɪkɪ n. collar; removable shirt front; small rear seat; small bird …   English contemporary dictionary

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