Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

dipstick

play
noun dip·stick \ˈdip-ˌstik\

Simple Definition of dipstick

  • : a long thin piece of metal with marks that are used to show how much of a fluid (such as motor oil) is in a container or an engine

  • : a stupid person

Full Definition of dipstick

  1. 1 :  a graduated rod for indicating depth (as of oil in a crankcase)

  2. 2 [euphemism for dipshit] :  nitwit

  3. 3 :  a chemically sensitive strip of paper used to identify one or more constituents (as glucose or protein) of urine by immersion

Examples of dipstick

  1. Some dipstick cut in front of me on the highway.

  2. <which dipstick used the good china as a dog dish?>



1927

First Known Use of dipstick

1927


Medical Dictionary

dipstick

play
noun dip·stick \ˈdip-ˌstik\

Medical Definition of dipstick

  1. :  a chemically sensitive strip of paper used to identify one or more constituents (as glucose or protein) of urine by immersion




Learn More about dipstick


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dipstick? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ