from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cord or strand of loosely woven, twisted, or braided fibers, as on a candle or oil lamp, that draws up fuel to the flame by capillary action.
  • n. A piece of material that conveys liquid by capillary action.
  • transitive v. To convey or be conveyed by capillary action: water gradually wicking up through the bricks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alive; lively; full of life; active; bustling; nimble; quick.
  • n. Liveliness; life.
  • n. The growing part of a plant nearest to the roots.
  • n. A maggot.
  • n. A bundle, twist, braid, or woven strip of cord, fabric, fiber, 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.
  • n. Any piece of porous material that conveys liquid by capillary action; e.g. a strip of gauze placed in a wound to serve as a drain.
  • n. A narrow opening in the field, flanked by other players' stones.
  • n. A shot where the played stone touches a stationary stone just enough that the played stone changes direction.
  • n. Penis.
  • v. To convey or draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To strike (a stone) obliquely; to strike (a stationary stone) just enough that the played stone changes direction.
  • n. A farm, especially a dairy farm.
  • n. A village; hamlet; castle; dwelling; street; creek; bay; harbour; a place of work, jurisdiction, or exercise of authority.
  • n. A corner of the mouth or eye.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A street; a village; a castle; a dwelling; a place of work, or exercise of authority; -- now obsolete except in composition.
  • n. A narrow port or passage in the rink or course, flanked by the stones of previous players.
  • n. A bundle of fibers, or a loosely twisted or braided cord, tape, or tube, usually made of soft spun cotton threads, which by capillary attraction draws up a steady supply of the oil in lamps, the melted tallow or wax in candles, or other material used for illumination, in small successive portions, to be burned.
  • intransitive v. To strike a stone in an oblique direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike (a stone) in an oblique direction: a term in curling
  • Bad; wicked; false: with reference to persons.
  • Bad; wretched; vile: with reference to things.
  • Unfavorable; inauspicious; baneful.
  • Quick; alive.
  • n. In horticulture, a pea-vine, of a set being bred for earliness, which continues to grow above instead of promptly maturing the lower pods.
  • n. A number of threads of cotton or some spongy substance loosely twisted together or braided, which by capillary action draws up the oil in lamps or the melted tallow or wax in candles in small successive portions to be burned; also, a piece of woven fabric used for the same purpose.
  • n. A town; village: a common element in placenames, as in Ber wick (AS. Berwīc), War wick(AS. Werewīc), Gree nwich (AS. Grēnewīc, Grēnawīc), Sand wich (AS. Sandwīc).
  • n. A district: occurring in composition, as in baili wick, constable wick, sheriff wick, shire wick.
  • n. A creek, inlet, or bay. Scott, Pirate, xix.
  • n. A salt-spring; a brine-pit.
  • n. A small dairy-house.
  • n. A corner; especially, one of the corners of the mouth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
  • n. any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action


Middle English wike, from Old English wēoce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English weke, wicke; Old English wēoce. (Wiktionary)
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). Came to mean “dairy farm” around 13th-14th century (e.g. Gatwick “Goat-farm”). Compare cognates: Old High German wîch, wih ("village"), German Weichbild ("municipal area"), Dutch wijk ("quarter, district"), Ancient Greek οἶκος (oikos, "house"), Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic ("village"). (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse vik. (Wiktionary)



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  • short for wicked

    April 28, 2010

  • A wood as in an elder wick

    July 11, 2009

  • as in baili-wick

    January 10, 2009