dick

noun \ ˈdik \

Definition of dick

1 usually vulgar
a : penis
b : a mean, stupid, or annoying man
  • I'll bet I wasn't the only person in the room who felt like a dick nodding over the gravity of this crime.
  • —P. J. O'Rourke
2
[by shortening & alteration]
: 2detective
  • Sam Spade not only became the model for later dicks but also provided Hollywood with the classic private-eye film.
  • —Charles Nicol
3 chiefly British, informal : fellow, chap
  • He's an odd dick, for sure.
4 slang : the least amount : anything at all
  • Today, I was thinking, it would win all kinds of prizes at the Whitney Museum, but back in Newark in 1949 nobody knew dick about what real art was …
  • —Philip Roth

Examples of dick in a Sentence

  1. a novel about a hard-boiled dick and the softhearted madam who loves him

Origin and Etymology of dick

Dick, nickname for Richard


Dick

biographical name \ ˈdik \

Definition of Dick

George Frederick 1881–1967 and Gladys Henry 1881–1963 American physicians

Dick

biographical name

Definition of Dick

Philip K(indred) 1928–1982 American sci-fi writer


Learn More about dick

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a man who seduces many women

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!