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noun Slang.

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



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Origin of dick

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

Definition for dick (2 of 2)

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George Frederick, 1881–1967, U.S. internist.
Philip K., 1928–82, U.S. science-fiction writer.
a male given name, form of Richard.
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British Dictionary definitions for dick (1 of 2)

/ (dɪk) /


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 2)

/ (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
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Scientific definitions for 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


see every tom, dick, and harry.

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