Dictionary.com

dick

[ dik ]
/ dɪk /
Save This Word!

noun Slang.
Older Use. a detective.
Vulgar. penis.
Vulgar. a stupid, mean, or contemptible person, especially a man.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of dick

First recorded in 1545–55; generic use of the name Dick

Other definitions for dick (2 of 2)

Dick
[ dik ]
/ dɪk /

noun
George Frederick, 1881–1967, U.S. internist.
Philip K., 1928–82, U.S. science-fiction writer.
a male given name, form of Richard.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use dick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dick (1 of 2)

dick1
/ (dɪk) /

noun
mainly US a slang word for detective

Word Origin for dick

C20: by shortening and alteration from detective; probably influenced by proper name Dick

British Dictionary definitions for dick (2 of 2)

dick2
/ (dɪk) /

noun slang
British a fellow or person
clever dick British a person who is obnoxiously opinionated or self-satisfied; know-all
a slang word for penis

Word Origin for dick

C16 (meaning: fellow): from the name Dick, familiar form of Richard, applied generally (like Jack) to any fellow, lad, etc; hence, C19: penis

usage for dick

The third sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for dick

Dick
[ dĭk ]
George Frederick 1881-1967

American medical researcher who collaborated with his wife, Gladys Henry Dick (1881-1963), to isolate the bacterium that causes scarlet fever. They developed a serum for the disease in 1923.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with dick

Dick

see every tom, dick, and harry.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
FEEDBACK