wick1 / wik/ • n. a strip of porous material up which liquid fuel is drawn by capillary action to the flame in a candle, lamp, or lighter. ∎ Med. a gauze strip inserted in a wound to drain it. • v. [tr.] absorb or draw off (liquid) by capillary action: these excellent socks will wick away the sweat | [intr.] synthetics with hollow fibers that wick well. PHRASES: dip one's wick vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse. wick2 • n. 1. [in place names] a town, hamlet, or district: Hampton Wick Warwick. 2. Brit., dial. a dairy farm.