This page is about the slang term hickey

American English


a mark on the neck or face caused by a lover biting or sucking the skin, a love bite

For example

  • Just don't gimme another hickey, Jason. My dad will kill me!

  • Susie drives the boys crazy by coming to class with two or three fresh hickeys on her neck.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If someone has a hickey on their neck, they have probably

a. been bitten by an insect

b. got a skin disease

c. made love recently
a) been bitten by an insect b) got a skin disease c) made love recently

See Slang of the Day today

Contributor: Matt Errey