Definition of hickey in English:



  • 1North American A gadget.

  • 2North American A love bite or pimple.

    • ‘I was gonna have one hell of a hickey tomorrow, I thought.’
    • ‘The next morning, I came to life smelling of smoke, with a twisted ankle, a lot less money, and this really, really big hickey.’
    • ‘I'd covered up my hickeys with makeup until they faded.’
    • ‘I did notice the two quarter sized hickeys on his neck though.’
    • ‘I can't take off the turtleneck and reveal the hickey, so every time he leaves the kitchen, I'm lifting up my sweater and fanning myself to cool off.’
    • ‘Then you disappear for an hour and when you return you have a huge red hickey on your neck.’
    • ‘On the way home he noticed a huge hickey on his neck.’
    • ‘Jake then rose an eyebrow as he pointed towards my neck, ‘Allen, is that a hickey?’’
    • ‘You've got a huge hickey coming in right there,’ I said pointing towards her neck.’
    • ‘She kept fiddling with her halter, but nothing could hide the hickeys Nick had given her.’
    • ‘Well you were way too busy making out with Andrew - I'm guessing that hickey is from him.’
    • ‘I looked up and caught sight of myself in the mirror, a startled-looking girl with several small red marks running down the side of her neck and a hickey the size of North Dakota on her chest…’
    • ‘The only bad thing is he left these huge, dark hickeys all over my neck!’
    • ‘And he looked at me kind of funny and he said, don't worry, mom, it's not a hickey.’
    • ‘He's wearing pretty nondescript jeans, Chuck Taylor shoes and a polo neck shirt, buttoned open to display the hickey on his neck which just screams ‘I got some last night!’’
    • ‘You let some guy give you a hickey and you didn't tell me?’
    • ‘He had a blonde girl, different from the one I saw him with at the movies last week, perched on his lap and she appeared to be in the process of giving him a hickey on his neck.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe that my mother had seen hickeys on my neck!’
    • ‘I knew that in the morning I would have to use cover-up on the new hickeys that he had marked me with.’
    pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, sty
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  • 3A blemish in printing, especially an area in a solid that has not been inked.


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.