- a private detective.
- a person remarkably adept at solving mysteries, especially by using insight and logical deduction: Who's the sherlock who can tell me where my pen is?
Origin of sherlock
- a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “fair-haired.”
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"I think I have known how to frame the letter," said Sherlock Holmes.
"I think I should like to have a word with you presently, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said he.
"That is the problem which we are now about to solve," said Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes left the house alone, and only returned after eleven.
Word Origin and History for sherlock
masc. proper name, literally "fair-haired," from Old English scir "bright" + locc "lock of hair." Slang for "private detective, perceptive person" (the latter often ironic) is attested from 1903, from A.C. Doyle's fictional character Sherlock Holmes (full name in this sense used from 1896; Holmes debuted in 1887 and was popular by 1892).