Main definitions of dixie in English

: dixie1Dixie2

dixie1

noun

  • A large iron cooking pot used by campers or soldiers.

    • ‘It was either grass that was boiled up, or mangel wurzels and it was brought in with big dixies and had to be measured out.’
    cooking utensil, container, receptacle, vessel
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Origin

Early 20th century: from Hindi degcī ‘cooking pot’, from Persian degča, diminutive of deg ‘pot’.

Pronunciation

dixie

/ˈdɪksi/

Main definitions of dixie in English

: dixie1Dixie2

Dixie2

proper noun

  • An informal name for the southern states of the US. It was used in the song ‘Dixie’ (1859), a marching song popular with Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War.

Phrases

  • whistle Dixie

    • Engage in unrealistic fantasies; waste one's time.

      ‘until you nail that down, you're just whistling Dixie—you're in a real mess’
      • ‘Sharon rebuked him ever so slightly but is really whistling Dixie.’
      • ‘Easton ain't just whistling Dixie either; she's been involved in this community as an active and family-minded member for several decades.’
      • ‘They ain't whistling Dixie when they say they don't make them like they used to.’
      • ‘The board is whistling Dixie as it thinks it can summon up a contesting bid higher than $4.17 without showing a very sharp rise in recurrent earnings.’
      • ‘Dean wasn't just whistling Dixie when he made his infamous remark about reaching out to bubbas bearing Confederate flags.’
      • ‘Republicans have good reason to whistle Dixie.’
      • ‘When those fish on your hook move their lips, they aren't just whistling Dixie, they're trying desperately to keep on breathing.’
      • ‘I'm inclined to believe that the Sheik is just whistling Dixie.’
      • ‘If a garden doesn't drain, you're whistling Dixie.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, linguists ain't just whistling Dixie when they say there are no linguistic limits to the number of coordinates.’

Pronunciation

Dixie

/ˈdɪksi/