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

First Known Use: 1553

in the meaning defined at sense 3


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

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