- devil; deuce (usually preceded by the and often used in exclamations and as a mild imprecation): The dickens you say! What the dickens does he want?
Origin of dickens
- CharlesJohn Huf·fam, [huhf-uh m] /ˈhʌf əm/, Boz, 1812–70, English novelist.
Related Wordsnaughty, impish, sly, rude, malicious, playful, infant, toddler, adolescent, juvenile, youth, teenager, baby, kid, offspring, minor, youngster, ragamuffin, brat, punk
Examples from the Web for dickens
Dickens grew up in a London where child labor was ruthlessly exploited.
Dickens was a master of heart-wrenching pathos because he felt every pain as he wrote.
The book is broken into what Dickens calls staves, not chapters.
Flaubert, for instance, hated the works of Dickens: “What defective composition!”The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
In his opulent maroon suit, Dickens flaunts his fame and fortune with so little subtlety he makes Kanye West appear modest.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
Young Lady, who reads Dickens (wiping away the tear of imbecility).
The American Notes, 1842, was a further offering from Dickens.De Libris: Prose and Verse
The settlement of "Eden" may be precisely what Dickens drew it: a miasmatic mud-hole.The American Mind
How different from the days when Dickens wrote his 'Circumlocution Office'!The Burning Spear
Margaret—” to the waitress—“Mr. Dickens wishes another butter-ball.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
- informal a euphemistic word for devil what the dickens?
- Charles (John Huffam), pen name Boz. 1812–70, English novelist, famous for the humour and sympathy of his characterization and his criticism of social injustice. His major works include The Pickwick Papers (1837), Oliver Twist (1839), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Old Curiosity Shop (1840–41), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Little Dorrit (1857), and Great Expectations (1861)
Word Origin and History for dickens
exclamation, 1590s, apparently a substitute for devil; probably altered from Dickon, nickname for Richard and source of the surnames Dickens and Dickenson, but exact derivation and meaning are unknown.