Definition of nicki-nicki in English:



mass nounAustralian
  • (in Aboriginal English) black tobacco in the form of a rope-like piece twisted together.

    ‘a small piece of nicki-nicki was chewed until it was softened’
    • ‘I often used to wonder just how many times one ball of nicki-nicki was passed on during the course of a day.’
    • ‘Every day we'd give the Aboriginal children half a stick of nicki-nicki for a half a small jam tin of grasshoppers.’
    • ‘Each adult was given a plug of nicki-nicki, which smelt delightful to me, like ripe figs.’
    • ‘The soap was issued to all the Aboriginals each week as part of their rations, along with their stick of nicki-nicki.’
    • ‘You couldn't smoke the nicki-nicki—it was too hard, and if you tried to bite it, it would just about break your teeth.’
    • ‘When they were out of nicki-nicki, the girls would dig into the banks for these roots.’
    • ‘Some workers were paid small amounts of money, which was normally used to purchase nicki-nicki.’
    • ‘It wasn't even good tobacco—it was that nicki-nicki stuff I was telling you about before.’
    • ‘You'd get two mugs-full of tea and sugar, one tin of treacle, one bar of soap, and half an ounce of nicki-nicki tobacco.’
    • ‘The rations I wanted were 20 bags of flour, 6 bags of sugar, a couple of bags of rice and tapioca, 50 pounds of tea, and 50 pounds of nicki-nicki.’


1920s: from obsolete niggerhead ‘tobacco’.