Definition of hickey in English:



North American
  • 1A gadget.

  • 2A skin blemish, especially a mark caused by a lover biting or sucking the skin.

    • ‘I was gonna have one hell of a hickey tomorrow, I thought.’
    • ‘You've got a huge hickey coming in right there,’ I said pointing towards her neck.’
    • ‘Then you disappear for an hour and when you return you have a huge red hickey on your neck.’
    • ‘Jake then rose an eyebrow as he pointed towards my neck, ‘Allen, is that a hickey?’’
    • ‘Well you were way too busy making out with Andrew - I'm guessing that hickey is from him.’
    • ‘I did notice the two quarter sized hickeys on his neck though.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘And he looked at me kind of funny and he said, don't worry, mom, it's not a hickey.’
    • ‘You let some guy give you a hickey and you didn't tell me?’
    • ‘I knew that in the morning I would have to use cover-up on the new hickeys that he had marked me with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The next morning, I came to life smelling of smoke, with a twisted ankle, a lot less money, and this really, really big hickey.’
    • ‘She kept fiddling with her halter, but nothing could hide the hickeys Nick had given her.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘The only bad thing is he left these huge, dark hickeys all over my neck!’
    • ‘I couldn't believe that my mother had seen hickeys on my neck!’
    • ‘I'd covered up my hickeys with makeup until they faded.’
    • ‘On the way home he noticed a huge hickey on his neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, sty
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    1. 2.1A blemish in printing, especially an uninked area in a solid, caused by a piece of dirt.


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.