dicky(redirected from a dickey)
(not) a dicky bird
(Not) anything at all. We've had him detained for four hours, but he won't say a dicky bird to us about his involvement in the robbery. We heard not a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—they were quiet as can be.
1. adjective, slang In poor condition; unwell. Primarily heard in UK. Tom said he was feeling a little dicky today, so he might be a bit late getting into work. A: "Would you like some eggs and sausages for breakfast?" B: "No thanks, I've got a bit of a dicky tummy this morning."
2. adjective, slang Functioning poorly or improperly. Primarily heard in UK. It looks like a dicky carburettor is to blame for your engine troubles.
3. noun, slang A shirt. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "dicky" is short for "dicky dirt," which rhymes with "shirt." Primarily heard in UK. You don't even have your dicky on yet? Come on, man, it's almost time to leave!
slang A shirt. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "dicky dirt" rhymes with "shirt." Primarily heard in UK. You don't even have your dicky dirt on yet? Come on, man, it's almost time to leave!
vulgar slang One who performs fellatio. A homophobic slur often used to show general disdain for a male, regardless of his sexual orientation.
not hear a dicky bird
To not hear or receive any sound, utterance, or item of communication. ("Dicky bird" is sometimes hyphenated.) We haven't heard a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—I think one of us should go check on them.
not say a dicky bird
To not say or communicate anything at all. ("Dicky bird" is sometimes hyphenated.) We've had him detained for four hours, but he won't say a dicky bird to us about his involvement in the robbery.
not a dicky birdnot a word; nothing at all. informal
Dicky bird is rhyming slang for ‘word’.
1988 Glenn Patterson Burning Your Own Sammy put his ear to where he thought its heart ought to be: not a dickybird.
not say/hear a ˈdicky bird(British English, informal) say/hear nothing: Don’t look at me! I didn’t say a dicky bird. ♢ We haven’t heard a dicky bird from her for weeks.This idiom is from rhyming slang, in which dicky bird stands for ‘word’.
n. someone who performs oral sex on the penis, usually a homosexual male. (Rude and derogatory.) One of the dicky-lickers started staring at me.