See also: Wick and -wick

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /wɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪk

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English weke, wicke (wick), from Old English wēoce (wick), from Proto-West Germanic *weukā (flax bundle, wick), from Proto-Indo-European *weg- (to weave).[1]

Compare West Frisian wjok, wjuk (wing), Dutch wiek (wing; propeller, blade; wick), German Wieche (wisp; wick).

Noun edit

wick (plural wicks)

  1. A bundle, twist, braid, or woven strip of cord, fabric, fibre, or other porous material in a candle, oil lamp, kerosene heater, or the like, that draws up liquid fuel, such as melted tallow, wax, or the oil, delivering it to the base of the flame for conversion to gases and burning; any other length of material burned for illumination in small successive portions.
    Trim the wick fairly short, so that the flame does not smoke.
  2. Any piece of porous material that conveys liquid by capillary action, such as a strip of gauze placed in a wound to serve as a drain.
  3. (curling) A narrow opening in the field, flanked by other players' stones.
  4. (curling) A shot where the played stone touches a stationary stone just enough that the played stone changes direction.
  5. (slang, euphemistic) The penis.
    • 2008, Marcus Van Heller, Nest of Vixens, →ISBN, page 17:
      His wick was stone stiff.
    • 2009, Ira Robbins, Kick It Till It Breaks, Trouser Press, →ISBN, page 130:
      Her laugh wasn't cruel in tone, but it cut through Husk like a scalpel, withering his wick even further.
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Verb edit

wick (third-person singular simple present wicks, present participle wicking, simple past and past participle wicked)

  1. (transitive) To convey or draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
    The fabric wicks perspiration away from the body.
  2. (intransitive, of a liquid) To traverse (i.e. be conveyed by capillary action) through a wick or other porous material, as water through a sponge. Usually followed by through.
    The moisture slowly wicked through the wood.
  3. (curling) To strike (a stone) obliquely; to strike (a stationary stone) just enough that the played stone changes direction.
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Etymology 2 edit

From earlier Middle English wik, wich (village, hamlet, town); from Old English wīc (dwelling place, abode); Germanic borrowing from Latin vīcus (village, estate) (see vicinity).

It came to mean “dairy farm” around the 13th or 14th century; for instance, Gatwick (Goat-farm). Cognates include Old High German wîch, wih (village), German Weichbild (municipal area), Dutch wijk (quarter, district), Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic (village), as well as Ancient Greek οἶκος (oîkos, house), whence English eco-. Doublet of vicus and -wich.

Noun edit

wick (plural wicks)

  1. (British, dialect, chiefly East Anglia and Essex) A farm, especially a dairy farm.
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Etymology 3 edit

Inherited from Northern Middle English whyk (southern quyk), from Old English cwic (alive); similar to an archaic meaning of quick (endowed with life; having a high degree of vigor, energy, or activity), and quicken (come to life), to which it is related.

Adjective edit

wick (comparative wicker or more wick, superlative wickest or most wick)

  1. (British, dialect, derogatory, chiefly Yorkshire) Alive; lively; full of life; active; bustling; nimble; quick.
    as wick as an eel
    T' wickest young chap at ivver Ah seen.
    He's a strange wick bairn alus runnin' aboot.
    I'll skin ye wick! (skin you alive)
    I thowt they was dead last back end but they're wick enif noo.
    "Are you afraid of going across the churchyard in the dark?" "Lor' bless yer noä miss! It isn't dead uns I'm scar'd on, it's wick uns."
    (Can we date this quote?)
    • 1860, “The Yorkshire Horsedealer”, in Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England:
      I'll swop wi' him my poor deead[sic] horse for his wick, []
  2. (British, dialect, derogatory, chiefly Yorkshire, of inanimate objects) resistant to being put to use, stiff, stubborn (as for example a rope or a screw).
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Noun edit

wick

  1. (British, obsolete, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) Liveliness; life.
  2. (British, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) The growing part of a plant nearest to the roots.
    Fed close? Why, it's eaten into t' hard wick. (spoken of a pasture which has been fed very close)
  3. (British, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire, horticulture) (Usually plural) The parts of weed roots that remain viable in the ground after inadequate digging prior to cultivation.
  4. (British, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) A maggot.

Etymology 4 edit

From Middle English wike, wyke, probably from Old Norse *vik (a bend, angle, corner), from Proto-Germanic *wikwą, from Proto-Germanic *wīkwaną; related to Old Norse vikna (to yield, cave in), Old Norse víkja (to move, bend, curve).

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wick (plural wicks)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) A corner or angle.
  2. (obsolete or dialectal) A grove; a hollow.
  3. (now dialectal) A corner of the mouth or eye.

Etymology 5 edit

From Middle English *wik, from Old Norse vík (bay), from Proto-Germanic *wīkō. Cognate with Old English wīc (bight, creek, inlet).

Noun edit

wick (plural wicks)

  1. (obsolete or Northern England, Scotland) An inlet or bay.

References edit

  1. ^ Guus Kroonen, The Proto-Germanic n-stems: A study in diachronic morphophonology (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011), 160–1.

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Etymology edit

From Middle High German wīt, from Old High German (*)wīd, northern variant of wīt, from Proto-Germanic *wīdaz.

The word underwent the regular Ripuarian velarisation -īd--igd--ig-.

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wick (masculine wigge, feminine and plural wick or wigge, comparative wigger, superlative et wickste)

  1. (Kölsch) far, wide, distant
    Nemm et Auto, der Wääch es ze wick für ze laufe.
    Take the car, the distance is too far to walk.

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wick

  1. Alternative form of wikke

Scots edit

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Etymology edit

From Norwegian vik, from Old Norse vík, from víkja (to move, bend, curve), from Proto-Germanic *wīkwaną.

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wick (plural wicks)

  1. an open bight or inlet of the sea, a bay
    Walter Scott (1821) The Pirate (in Scots):By air and by wick, and by helyer and gio, And by every wild shore which the northern winds know.

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Etymology edit

From Middle English wycke, variant of weke, from Old English wiċe, from Proto-West Germanic *wikā.

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wick

  1. week

References edit

  • Jacob Poole (d. 1827) (before 1828) William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, published 1867, page 78