noun (1)
hick·​ey | \ ˈhi-kē How to pronounce hickey (audio) \
plural hickeys

Definition of hickey

 (Entry 1 of 2)


noun (2)
plural hickeys

Definition of hickey (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : pimple
b : a temporary red mark or bruise on the skin (such as one produced by biting and sucking)
2 plural also hickies : a small imperfection in printing

First Known Use of hickey

Noun (1)

1913, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hickey

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

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hick·​ey | \ ˈhik-ē How to pronounce hickey (audio) \
plural hickeys

Medical Definition of hickey

1 : pimple
2 : a temporary red mark produced especially in lovemaking by biting and sucking the skin

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