dick·​ens | \ ˈdi-kənz How to pronounce dickens (audio) \

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biographical name
Dick·​ens | \ ˈdi-kənz How to pronounce Dickens (audio) \

Definition of Dickens (Entry 2 of 2)

Charles John Huffam 1812–1870 pseudonym Boz \ ˈbäz How to pronounce Dickens (audio) , ˈbōz \ English novelist

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Dickensian \ di-​ˈken-​zē-​ən How to pronounce Dickens (audio) , -​sē-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The way the Rams’ game imploded should scare the dickens out of L.A.’s players and coaches. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: How do you lose to the Jets? Ask the Rams," 25 Dec. 2020

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Dickens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickens. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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