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  1. Older Use. a detective.

  2. Vulgar. penis.

  1. Vulgar. a stupid, mean, or contemptible person, especially a man.

Origin of dick

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

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Other definitions for Dick (2 of 2)

[ dik ]

  1. George Frederick, 1881–1967, U.S. internist.

  2. Philip K., 1928–82, U.S. science-fiction writer.

  1. a male given name, form of Richard.

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British Dictionary definitions for dick (1 of 2)


/ (dɪk) /

  1. mainly US a slang word for detective

Origin of dick

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

British Dictionary definitions for dick (2 of 2)


/ (dɪk) /

  1. British a fellow or person

  2. clever dick British a person who is obnoxiously opinionated or self-satisfied; know-all

  1. a slang word for penis

Origin of 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

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Scientific definitions for Dick


[ dĭk ]

  1. 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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see every tom, dick, and harry.

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