- The definition of wick is the waxy cord that is lit in a candle or oil lamp.
An example of wick is the white cord in the center of a candle on which the flame burns.
- To wick is to pull or absorb liquid.
An example of to wick is the action of a paper towel absorbing a spill.
Lighted wicks on the candles of a birthday cake.
wick definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English wicke ; from Old English weoca, akin to German wieche, wick yarn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weg-, to weave: see veil
Origin: Middle English wik ; from Old English wic, akin to Middle High German wich, village ; from early West Germanic borrowing ; from Classical Latin vicus, group of houses: see eco-
wick definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- A piece of material that conveys liquid by capillary action.
Origin: Middle English wike, from Old English wēoce.