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

Examples of dickens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His absentee boss, whose own messaging often has been the dickens to decipher, obviously feels OK with what’s gone on here. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 One very important part of that care is pruning, something that scares the dickens out of people. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 2021 There was Bienchen in a nutshell: cute as the dickens but equipped with lacerating teeth. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021 The way the Rams’ game imploded should scare the dickens out of L.A.’s players and coaches. Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2020

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Word History



First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dickens was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Dickens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dickens. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dick·​ens ˈdik-ənz How to pronounce dickens (audio)
: devil entry 1 sense 1, deuce
used chiefly as a mild oath
what the dickens do you mean?

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Dick·​ens ˈdi-kənz How to pronounce Dickens (audio)
Charles John Huffam 1812–1870 pseudonym Boz ˈbäz How to pronounce Dickens (audio)
English novelist
Dickensian adjective

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