or Sher·lock

[ shur-lok ]
/ ˈʃɜr lɒk /

noun Informal.

a private detective.
a person remarkably adept at solving mysteries, especially by using insight and logical deduction: Who's the sherlock who can tell me where my pen is?

Origin of sherlock

after Sherlock Holmes, fictitious detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle

Definition for sherlock (2 of 2)


[ shur-lok ]
/ ˈʃɜr lɒk /


a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “fair-haired.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sherlock


masc. proper name, literally "fair-haired," from Old English scir "bright" + locc "lock of hair." Slang for "private detective, perceptive person" (the latter often ironic) is attested from 1903, from A.C. Doyle's fictional character Sherlock Holmes (full name in this sense used from 1896; Holmes debuted in 1887 and was popular by 1892).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper