(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (Britain, 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.


1. any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action

- the physician put a wick in the wound to drain it

Definition categories: man–made, cord

2. a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame

Similar word(s): taper

Definition categories: man–made, cord

Sentences with wick as a noun:

- Trim the wick fairly short, so that the flame does not smoke.

- I niver knew such an a thing afore in all my wick. — Ashby, 12 July 1875

- Fed close? Why, it's eaten into t' hard wick. (spoken of a pasture which has been fed very close)


1. (transitive) To convey or draw off (liquid) by capillary action.

- The fabric wicks perspiration away from the body.

2. (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.

3. (curling) To strike (a stone) obliquely; to strike (a stationary stone) just enough that the played stone changes direction.