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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English *rykke, from Old English hrycce (rick, heap, pile), cognate with Scots ruk (rick), Norwegian ruka (rick, haystack). Related also to Old English hrēac (rick, stack), from Proto-Germanic *hraukaz (heap). Further relations: Dutch rook, Norwegian rauk, Swedish rök, Icelandic hraukur.

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NounEdit

rick (plural ricks)

  1. A stack, stook or pile of grain, straw, hay etc., especially as protected with thatching.
    • (Can we date this quote?) George Eliot
      There is a remnant still of last year's golden clusters of beehive ricks, rising at intervals beyond the hedgerows; [].
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175, page 048:
      It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
  2. (US) A stack of wood, especially cut to a regular length; also used as a measure of wood, typically four by eight feet.
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rick (third-person singular simple present ricks, present participle ricking, simple past and past participle ricked)

  1. To heap up (hay, etc.) in ricks.

Etymology 2Edit

From earlier wrick, from Middle English wricken, wrikken (to move back and forth), probably from Middle Dutch *verwricken or Middle Low German vorwricken. Cognate with West Frisian wrikke, wrikje, Dutch wrikken, Low German wricken, German wricken, Danish vrikke, Swedish vricka.

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rick (third-person singular simple present ricks, present participle ricking, simple past and past participle ricked)

  1. To slightly sprain or strain the neck, back, ankle etc.

Etymology 3Edit

Abbreviated form from recruit.

NounEdit

rick (plural ricks)

  1. (military, derogatory and demeaning) A brand new (naive) boot camp inductee.
    No turning back now rick, you are the property of the US government now.

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