dick

[ dik ]
/ dɪk /

noun Slang.

Older Use. a detective.
Vulgar. penis.
Vulgar. a stupid, mean, or contemptible person, especially a man.

Origin of dick

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

Definition for dick (2 of 7)

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.

Definition for dick (3 of 7)

Turpin
[ tur-pin ]
/ ˈtɜr pɪn /

noun

Ben,1874–1940, U.S. silent-film comedian.
RichardDick, 1706–39, English highwayman.

Definition for dick (4 of 7)

Whittington
[ hwit-ing-tuh n, wit- ]
/ ˈʰwɪt ɪŋ tən, ˈwɪt- /

noun

RichardDick, 1358?–1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406–07, 1419–20.

Definition for dick (5 of 7)

Button
[ buht-n ]
/ ˈbʌt n /

noun

Richard Tot·ten [tot-n] /ˈtɒt n/, Dick, born 1929, U.S. figure skater.

Definition for dick (6 of 7)

Cheney
[ chey-nee, chee‐ ]
/ ˈtʃeɪ ni, ˈtʃi‐ /

noun

RichardDick, born 1941, U.S. politician: secretary of defense 1989–93; vice president of the U.S. 2001–09.

Definition for dick (7 of 7)

Fosbury
[ foz-buh-ree ]
/ ˈfɒz bə ri /

noun

Richard D.Dick, born 1947, U.S. athlete: developed “Fosbury flop” high jump style.
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British Dictionary definitions for dick (1 of 6)

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 6)

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

British Dictionary definitions for dick (3 of 6)

button
/ (ˈbʌtən) /

noun

verb

See also buttons, button up

Derived forms of button

buttoner, nounbuttonless, adjectivebuttony, adjective

Word Origin for button

C14: from Old French boton, from boter to thrust, butt, of Germanic origin; see butt ³

British Dictionary definitions for dick (4 of 6)

Cheney
/ (ˈtʃeɪnɪ) /

noun

Richard B (ruce), known as Dick. born 1941, US Republican politician; vice-president from 2001 to 2009

British Dictionary definitions for dick (5 of 6)

Turpin
/ (ˈtɜːpɪn) /

noun

Dick . 1706–39, English highwayman

British Dictionary definitions for dick (6 of 6)

Whittington
/ (ˈwɪtɪŋtən) /

noun

Richard, known as Dick. died 1423, English merchant, three times mayor of London. According to legend, he walked to London at the age of 13 with his cat and was prevented from leaving again only by the call of the church bells
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Medicine definitions for dick

button
[ bŭtn ]

n.

A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.
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Science 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with dick (1 of 2)

Dick

see every tom, dick, and harry.

Idioms and Phrases with dick (2 of 2)

button

In addition to the idioms beginning with button

  • button one's lip
  • button up

also see:

  • cute as a button
  • have all one's buttons
  • on the button
  • push (press) someone's buttons
  • push the panic button
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