A child's word for a bird.
- ‘A little dicky bird tootled discordantly by the waterhole the other day, distracting the Professor from his joyful sifting of all the bargains to be found on the bustling bourses of our free-market world.’
- ‘A tiny dicky bird has told me Edmonton's answer to Rufus Wainwright will bring his quirky sensibility to the upcoming Enbridge Symphony in the Park.’
- ‘That's what a little dicky bird claims to have overheard, and he has passed along the transcript to the Professor.’
Late 18th century probably from Dicky, pet form of the given name Richard.
- not a dicky bird
Not a word; nothing at all.
- ‘‘Did you hear from her?’ ‘Not a dicky bird.’’
- ‘I haven't had one phone call from him since, not a dicky bird.’
- ‘‘We've not heard from Hull at all - not a dicky bird,’ said Caisley.’
- ‘I sent the application on 7 October from Sydney, they've taken the deposit, but not a dicky bird on acknowledgment.’
- ‘I took my wife there at the weekend and not a dicky bird of bad language was heard.’
- ‘I'm sitting by the computer waiting to pounce on any juicy news this holiday weekend, but so far not a dicky bird.’
- ‘I half expected the brake pads to need replacing at least but not a dicky bird.’
- ‘We in this town do have an annual reception for a few of those who have given their time and effort to help the elderly, the poor, the sick - but not a dicky bird from government to recognise those people.’
- ‘As far as we know Bourn didn't say a dicky bird to this effect.’
- ‘As I haven't heard a dicky bird back from Mike I don't think he's that impressed or convinced by my argument.’
- ‘We did not hear a single dicky bird from the National Party.’
Dicky bird being rhyming slang for ‘word’.
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