|Other names||Kiss mark, love bite, bug bite, love mark|
|Hickeys on the neck|
|Causes||suction on skin|
A hickey, hickie or sometimes referred to as a love bite in British English, is a bruise or bruise-like mark caused by kissing or sucking skin, usually on the neck, arm, or earlobe. While biting may be part of giving a hickey, sucking is sufficient to burst small superficial blood vessels under the skin.
The origin of the word is from its earlier meaning of "pimple, skin lesion" (c. 1915); perhaps a sense extension and spelling variation from the earlier word meaning "small gadget, device; any unspecified object" which has an unknown origin (1909).
- "hickie - Origin and meaning of hickie by Online Etymology Dictionary". www.etymonline.com.