a term of endearment for a small child or baby ...1608 Eng. dial. rare
of unknown origin
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1608 - see EXAMPLE below
"...As for the Male-content, I make him the Nicka-fidge here (running from one faction vnto another) as I did the Flyer in the former. Who also here doth at last meet with Mediocrity; and so (after some debatement) become an honest man ..."
From: Errour on the Left Hand Through a Frozen Security
- Henoch Clapham