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From Middle English dechen, from Old English dēċan (to smear, plaster, daub), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Old English deccan (to cover), a variant of Old English þeccan (to cover, cover over, conceal). More at deck, thatch. Alternatively from Proto-Germanic *dōkijaną (to apply with a rag or cloth, smear), from Proto-Germanic *dōkaz (rag); see duck (canvas, cloth).


deech (third-person singular simple present deeches, present participle deeching, simple past and past participle deeched)

  1. (transitive) To smear, daub, plaster, or impregnate, especially with dirt which becomes hard and ingrained.
    • 1917, Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, Brought Forward, page 60:
      The mud of Flanders clung to his boots and clothes. It was "deeched" into his skin, and round his eyes had left a stain so dark, it looked as if he had been painted for a theatrical make-up.


deech (usually uncountable, plural deeches)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England) Dirt ingrained on the hands, or in cracks, crevices, etc.