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  • (potato): From the common Irish name; compare murphy (a potato).
  • (computer mouse resolution): An allusion to the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɪki/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪki


mickey (plural mickeys)

  1. (chiefly Canada, informal) A small bottle of liquor, holding 375 ml or 13 oz., typically shaped to fit in one's pocket. [from the 1910s]
    While you're at the liquor store, get a mickey of rye?
  2. (US, slang) A Mickey Finn; a beverage, usually alcoholic, that has been drugged. [from the 1930s]
    I slipped him a mickey.
  3. (US, slang, obsolete) An Irish person. [from the 1850s]
  4. (US, slang, dated, Depression Era) A potato. [from the 1930s]
    We roasted mickeys over a fire with two-foot sticks.
  5. (chiefly Ireland, informal) The penis. [from the 1900s]
    He fell off the bike and injured his mickey.
    • 2004, “Take a Toast”, in The Love Never Dies, performed by Paperboy et al.:
      Five Fingers rapped around my mickey, being /ke/[??]
      Smokin on this dickey in the Fifty /se/[??], and shift
  6. (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, informal) The vagina. [from the early 1900s]
  7. (Australia, informal) A well-known honeyeater, the Noisy Miner, Manorina melanocephala, of eastern Australia. [from the 1910s]
  8. (rural Australia, informal) A young bull, especially one that is unbranded and running wild. [from the 1860s]
  9. (Cockney rhyming slang) piss, shortened and more commonly used form of Mickey Bliss.
  10. (computing) The resolution of a mouse: the smallest measurable distance it can move the cursor, used as a unit of length.


mickey (third-person singular simple present mickeys, present participle mickeying, simple past and past participle mickeyed)

  1. To secretly slip drugs into somebody's drink.
    • 1951, The Scented Flesh, page 46:
      Sam said he hadn't mickeyed me.
    • 1994, Dana Stabenow, A Cold-Blooded Business, →ISBN, page 202:
      You mickeyed my drink, didn't you?.
    • 2005, Wildwood Road, →ISBN, page 65:
      No question now, as far as she was concerned, that someone had mickeyed his beer.

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