\ ˈdik \

Definition of dick

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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 ] : detective entry 2 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


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\ ˈdik \

Definition of Dick (Entry 2 of 3)

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


biographical name (2)

Definition of Dick (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Examples of dick in a Sentence


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

First Known Use of dick


1553, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for dick


Dick, nickname for Richard

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The first known use of dick was in 1553

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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