dick

[dik]

noun Slang.

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

Nearby words

  1. dichromatopsia,
  2. dichromic,
  3. dichromic acid,
  4. dichroscope,
  5. dicing,
  6. dick test,
  7. dick test toxin,
  8. dick whittington,
  9. dick, philip k.,
  10. dickcissel

Origin of dick

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

Dick

[dik]

noun

George Frederick,1881–1967, U.S. internist.
Philip K.,1928–82, U.S. science-fiction writer.
a male given name, form of Richard.

Turpin

[tur-pin]

noun

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

Whittington

[hwit-ing-tuh n, wit-]

noun

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

Button

[buht-n]

noun

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

Cheney

[chey-nee, chee‐]

noun

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

Fosbury

[foz-buh-ree]

noun

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

dick

1

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

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

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

button

noun

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

verb

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
See also buttons, button up

Derived Formsbuttoner, nounbuttonless, adjectivebuttony, adjective

Word Origin for button

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

Cheney

noun

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

Turpin

noun

Dick . 1706–39, English highwayman

Whittington

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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Word Origin and History for dick
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with dick

Dick

see every tom, dick, and harry.

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