- Older Use. a detective.
- Vulgar. penis.
- Vulgar. a stupid, mean, or contemptible person, especially a man.
Origin of dick
- George Frederick,1881–1967, U.S. internist.
- Philip K.,1928–82, U.S. science-fiction writer.
- a male given name, form of Richard.
- Ben,1874–1940, U.S. silent-film comedian.
- RichardDick, 1706–39, English highwayman.
- RichardDick, 1358?–1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406–07, 1419–20.
- Richard Tot·ten [tot-n] /ˈtɒt n/, Dick, born 1929, U.S. figure skater.
- RichardDick, born 1941, U.S. politician: secretary of defense 1989–93; vice president of the U.S. 2001–09.
- Richard D.Dick, born 1947, U.S. athlete: developed “Fosbury flop” high jump style.
Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- mainly US a slang word for detective
- British a fellow or person
- clever dick British a person who is obnoxiously opinionated or self-satisfied; know-all
- a slang word for penis
- a disc or knob of plastic, wood, etc, attached to a garment, etc, usually for fastening two surfaces together by passing it through a buttonhole or loop
- a small round object, such as any of various sweets, decorations, or badges
- a small disc that completes an electric circuit when pushed, as one that operates a doorbell or machine
- a symbolic representation of a button on the screen of a computer that is notionally depressed by manipulating the mouse to initiate an action
- biology any rounded knoblike part or organ, such as an unripe mushroom
- fencing the protective knob fixed to the point of a foil
- a small amount of metal, usually lead, with which gold or silver is fused, thus concentrating it during assaying
- the piece of a weld that pulls out during the destructive testing of spot welds
- rowing a projection around the loom of an oar that prevents it slipping through the rowlock
- British an object of no value (esp in the phrase not worth a button)
- slang intellect; mental capacity (in such phrases as a button short, to have all one's buttons, etc)
- on the button informal exactly; precisely
- to fasten with a button or buttons
- (tr) to provide with buttons
- (tr) fencing to hit (an opponent) with the button of one's foil
- button one's lip, button up one's lip, button one's mouth or button up one's mouth to stop talking: often imperative
- Richard B (ruce), known as Dick. born 1941, US Republican politician; vice-president from 2001 to 2009
- Dick . 1706–39, English highwayman
- 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
Word Origin and History for dick
"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.
- A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with dick
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