dick·​ey | \ ˈdi-kē How to pronounce dickey (audio) \
variants: or dicky or less commonly dickie
plural dickeys or dickies

Definition of dickey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of various articles of clothing: such as
a : a man's separate or detachable shirtfront
b : a small fabric insert worn to fill in the neckline
2 chiefly British
a : the driver's seat in a carriage
b : a seat at the back of a carriage or automobile


biographical name
Dick·​ey | \ ˈdi-kē How to pronounce Dickey (audio) \

Definition of Dickey (Entry 2 of 2)

James Lafayette 1923–1997 American poet, novelist, and critic

Examples of dickey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Style creators on TikTok are single-handedly causing specific clothing items and accessories to sell out on Amazon—most notably gold hoops, claw clips, and dickey collars. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "20 Viral TikTok Products Amazon Can't Keep in Stock," 15 Apr. 2021 This isn’t the dickey’s first moment in the fashion spotlight. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "The $9 Dickey That’s Racked Up Over 2,000 Amazon Reviews," 6 Apr. 2021 But when the night comes, only Neal — with his turtleneck dickey and his kissing-practice dummy, Morty, as preparation for smooching Vicki — ends up the odd man out. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Freaks and Geeks Delivers Its Best Worst Cringe Moment," 2 Mar. 2021 Or, slip on a dickey, which provides an extra layer without adding sleeves. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Heading Out? Don’t Forget These Stylish, Winter-Ready Accessories," 16 Dec. 2020 But there were also hot pants over sheer logo tights and cropped white cotton dickeys. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "From Plagues to Floods to Black Tuesday, Fashion Goes On," 4 Mar. 2020 Buy a similar collared shirt or a dickey, a false shirtfront that's easy to layer. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "9 Easy Ways to Add Preppy Style to Your Wardrobe," 30 Jan. 2020 Barely a decade later their eponymous brand, Veronica Beard, grew into a fashion empire from that coveted jacket — a play on the classic blazer with an interchangeable dickey favored by Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Recoding retail: Women bring digital savvy to art, pop-ups and fashion," 16 July 2019 The collection also includes a tracksuit, sports bra, leggings and, of course, a dickey in each print. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Veronica Beard Hits the Gym in a New Collaboration With Bandier," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dickey


1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dickey


Dicky, nickname for Richard

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22 Apr 2021

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“Dickey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickey. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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