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 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 Many of the looks were styled with dickey-like deconstructed knits. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Opioid crisis meets Flemish still-life paintings in Raf Simons' fall/winter 2018 men's collection," 9 Feb. 2018 The dickey-style headgear is both reminiscent of a medieval knight’s mail hood and the winged hats of The Handmaid’s Tale. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This Fashion-Forward Accessory Is the Chic Antidote to the Droopy Beanie Hat," 3 Nov. 2017 Nowadays an outfit can contain one leather turtleneck dickey, one jacket with shoulder pads and a peplum, one tunic dress, gloves, leggings, ankle boots, and possibly socks. Lisa Armstrong, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Your Clothes Say About You," 8 July 2009

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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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“Dickey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickey. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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