dick around

verb, transitive + intransitive
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of dick around

chiefly US, informal + somewhat vulgar
1 I :to spend time idly or aimlessly :to waste time :fool around, mess around
  • You're not spending money to dick around for 12 weeks and put your nose to the desk for the last two …
  • —Kaylee Kean
  • I know I don't have time to dick around with people who aren't serious.
  • —Derek Stonebarger
2 T :to meddle with or manipulate (someone) :to treat (someone) unfairly
  • "Let's do the cover anyway," said our managing editor, who is famously unwilling to be dicked around by publicists.
  • —Richard Corliss

Origin and Etymology of dick around

dick, verbal derivative of dick in sense "penis"


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