dipstick

[ dip-stik ]
/ ˈdɪpˌstɪk /

noun

a rod for measuring the depth of a liquid; especially, a thin metal rod used to measure the oil level in the crankcase of an automotive engine.
Slang. fool; jerk.

Nearby words

  1. dipsomania,
  2. dipsomaniac,
  3. dipsomaniacal,
  4. dipsosis,
  5. dipsotherapy,
  6. dipstick test,
  7. dipsy-doodle,
  8. dipt,
  9. diptera,
  10. dipteral

Origin of dipstick

First recorded in 1925–30; dip1 + stick1

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British Dictionary definitions for dipstick

dipstick

/ (ˈdɪpˌstɪk) /

noun

a graduated rod or strip dipped into a container to indicate the fluid level
British slang a fool
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