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From Middle English dechen, from Old English dēċan (to smear, plaster, daub), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Old English deccan (to cover), a variant of Old English þeccan (to cover, cover over, conceal). More at deck, thatch.


deech (third-person singular simple present deeches, present participle deeching, simple past and past participle deeched)

  1. (transitive) To smear, daub, plaster, or impregnate, especially with dirt which becomes hard and ingrained.


deech (usually uncountable, plural deeches)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England) Dirt grained into the hands, or in cracks, crevices, etc.