Origin of dick
Related Words for dicksleuth, gumshoe, detective, reporter, agent, spy, informer, prosecutor, cop, eavesdropper, tail, investigator, sleuthhound, flatfoot, dick, tracker, bloodhound, sneaker, tec, fink
Examples from the Web for dick
Contemporary Examples of dick
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has had a relatively quiet couple of years since leaving the White House.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
Those in the race—Senator Paul Simon, Rep. Dick Gephardt, Rev. Jesse Jackson—were far behind.Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
He echoed Dick Cheney about global warming and said, “We should be concentrating on ISIS.”Bill Maher: Yes, I Can Generalize About Muslims
October 16, 2014
Dick Wadhams, a strategist for the South Dakota Republican Party, dismissed the impact of the attacks against Rounds.South Dakota's Bizarre Four-Way (Senate Election, That Is)
October 15, 2014
They saw him in his 30s, sporting a huge Afro and smoking a big cigar on The Dick Cavett Show.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
October 5, 2014
Historical Examples of dick
And Dick is growing more and more wretched about it every day.
They catalogued Dick's virtues, and then Viviette unfolded her scheme.
And we'll say nothing to Dick until we've got it all in black and white.
Dick quickly crossed to the table where his brother was sitting.
Decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.
Word Origin for dick
Word Origin for dick
Word Origin for button
"fellow, lad, man," 1550s, rhyming nickname for Rick, short for Richard, one of the commonest English names, it has long been a synonym for "fellow," and so most of the slang senses are probably very old, but naturally hard to find in the surviving records. The meaning "penis" is attested from 1891 in Farmer's slang dictionary (possibly British army slang). Meaning "detective" is recorded from 1908, perhaps as a shortened variant of detective.
c.1300 (surname Botouner "button-maker" attested from mid-13c.), from Old French boton "a button," originally "a bud" (12c., Modern French bouton), from bouter, boter "to thrust," common Romanic (cf. Spanish boton, Italian bottone), ultimately from Germanic (see butt (v.)). Thus a button is, etymologically, something that pushes up, or thrusts out.
Meaning "point of the chin" is pugilistic slang, by 1921. A button as something you push to create an effect by closing an (electrical) circuit is attested from 1840s. Button-pusher as "deliberately annoying or provocative person" is attested by 1990 (in reference to Bill Gates, in "InfoWorld" magazine, Nov. 19). In the 1980s it meant "photographer."
late 14c., "to furnish with buttons;" early 15c., "to fasten with buttons" (of a garment,) from button (n.) or from Old French botoner (Modern French boutonner), from boton (n.). Related: Buttoned; buttoning. Button-down (adj.) in reference to shirt collars is from 1916.
see every tom, dick, and harry.
In addition to the idioms beginning with button
- button one's lip
- button up
- cute as a button
- have all one's buttons
- on the button
- push (press) someone's buttons
- push the panic button