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


  1. mainly US a slang word for detective
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Word Origin

C20: by shortening and alteration from detective; probably influenced by proper name Dick


noun slang
  1. British a fellow or person
  2. clever dick British a person who is obnoxiously opinionated or self-satisfied; know-all
  3. a slang word for penis
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Word Origin

C16 (meaning: fellow): from the name Dick, familiar form of Richard, applied generally (like Jack) to any fellow, lad, etc; hence, C19: penis


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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Word Origin and History for george 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.

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george dick in Science


  1. 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 george dick


see every tom, dick, and harry.

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