Main definitions of rick in English

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rick1

noun

  • 1A stack of hay, corn, straw, or similar material, especially one formerly built into a regular shape and thatched.

    • ‘Webster defines a rick simply as a pile, and truck sizes obviously vary tremendously, so it is very important that you get all of this straight with the seller before agreeing on a price; there is much room for misunderstanding.’
    • ‘The rattle of empty bottles into a wooden crate, awoke me, and I noticed that every man was in great humour, the rick was being combed down by two men with long handled rakes.’
    • ‘Our first night on the march, the General and his staff all climbed into a straw rick and passed a restful, if short, night.’
    • ‘A few hens, questing for food under a rick, stole away under a gate at her approach.’
    • ‘The thresher was due in one hour, and a base, known as a ‘butt’ had to be made for the rick of straw.’
    • ‘Church bells came in handy also when I worked in the meadow as a lad, holding my pike and walking around it in circles while the men pitched the hay at my feet and the rick of golden threads steadily rose to its conical fullness.’
    haystack, rick, hayrick, stook, mow, haymow, barleymow
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    1. 1.1North American A pile of firewood somewhat smaller than a cord.
      heap, stack, mound, pyramid, mass, quantity, bundle, clump, bunch, jumble
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    2. 1.2North American A set of shelving for storing barrels.
      • ‘Alison heard the sound of ricks shifting and the floor beneath them was beginning to shake.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Form into a rick or ricks; stack:

    ‘the nine cords of good spruce wood ricked up in the back yard’
    sprain, twist, rick, wrench
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Origin

Old English hrēac, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rook.

Pronunciation:

rick

/rɪk/

Main definitions of rick in English

: rick1rick2

rick2

noun

  • A slight sprain or strain, especially in a person's neck or back:

    ‘the screen tilter lets you play the game flat without developing a permanent rick in your neck’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Strain (one's neck or back) slightly:

    ‘I whirled so quickly that I nearly ricked my neck’
    • ‘When Glenn McGrath ricked his ankle while stepping on a stray cherry in Australia's pre-match warm-up, the façade of fear that had been erected during the Lord's debacle was torn down in an instant.’
    • ‘During the changeover Arazi receives treatment on his ricked neck and a Mexican Wave ripples round Centre Court as the crowd amuses itself.’
    • ‘I spent last week popping Ibroprufen, cold powders and the muscle relaxants I need now that I have developed the habit of ricking my back when laid up in bed.’
    • ‘Flintoff, handed the captaincy when Warren Hegg woke up with a ricked neck, said: ‘Cricket is a great leveller.’’
    • ‘You'd eventually get fired when the tightrope walker wouldn't go on because he'd ricked his ankle - but of course on paper it would say that ‘Stephen didn't meet targets.’’
    • ‘Captain Warren Hegg, who missed the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy game at Chelmsford with a ricked neck, reckons he will be okay for tomorrow.’
    • ‘As for the rides, well… I got soaked on the thrilling log flumes, ricked my neck on the Gauntlet - a wild loop-the-loop rollercoaster - and felt nauseous on the Galleon.’
    • ‘This is a useful skill for rapidly reading rows upon rows of pay and display tickets in car parks without ricking my neck or having to do handstands.’
    • ‘But he ricked his neck with his third attempt and was forced to pull out of the discus and shot.’
    • ‘Now, after Jacob Oram ricked his back, yet another twist in the tale as McMillan was recalled!’
    • ‘When the side was in the Caribbean, Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick were the men in possession and had Vaughan not ricked a knee in the Lord's nets three days before the first Test of the summer, they might still be now.’
    • ‘But just when Davenport looked like sweeping all before her, she ricked her back at the start of the clay-court season and hasn't been the same since.’
    • ‘Vickery, who has missed his club's past two matches after ricking his back during the warm-up before the Powergen Cup quarter-final against Saracens, said: ‘I am in pieces at the moment and the injury is a worry.’’
    • ‘However, Dolan's fortunes took a dramatic slump with the loss of Fox to a foot injury, luckless wideman Craig Skinner to a ricked neck and young Marc Thompson, who turned his ankle.’
    • ‘They have met seven times in all and, so far, Federer has only managed to win once - and that was when Henman had ricked his neck and had to pull out after a set.’
    • ‘He's only gone and ricked his ankle in a charity football match.’
    injure, hurt, damage, impair
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Origin

Late 18th century (as a verb): of dialect origin.

Pronunciation:

rick

/rɪk/