- 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.
Origin of wickMiddle 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 of wickMiddle 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-
- 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.
tr. & intr.v.wicked , wick·ing, wicks
Origin of wickMiddle English wike, from Old English wēoce.
- A bundle, twist, braid, or woven strip of cord, fabric, fibre/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.
- Trim the wick fairly short, so that the flame does not smoke.
- 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.
- (curling) A narrow opening in the field, flanked by other players' stones.
- (curling) A shot where the played stone touches a stationary stone just enough that the played stone changes direction.
- (slang) Penis.
(third-person singular simple present wicks, present participle wicking, simple past and past participle wicked)
- To convey or draw off (liquid) by capillary action.
- The fabric wicks perspiration away from the body.
- (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.
- (curling) To strike (a stone) obliquely; to strike (a stationary stone) just enough that the played stone changes direction.
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”).
(comparative wicker or more wick, superlative wickest or most wick)
- (UK, dialect, 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."
- I'll swop wi' him my poor dead horse for his wick. — Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England, page 210
- (UK, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) Liveliness; life.
- I niver knew such an a thing afore in all my wick. — Ashby, 12 July 1875
- (UK, 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)
- (UK, dialect, chiefly Yorkshire) A maggot.
From Old Norse vik.