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1 someone who is a detective [syn: gumshoe, hawkshaw]
2 obscene terms for penis [syn: cock, prick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz]

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Etymology 1

Ultimately from Dick, pet form of the name Richard. The name Dick came to be used for 'everyman', and from that the word acquired other meanings.


  • /dɪk/
  • /dIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk


  1. In the context of "UK|US|coarse|slang": The penis.
  2. In the context of "UK|US|offensive|coarse|slang": A highly contemptible person.
    That person is such a dick.
  3. In the context of "Canadian English|uncountable": absolutely nothing.
    Last weekend I did dick all.
  • (penis): See
  • (contemptible person): dickhead
a highly contemptible person


  1. To mistreat or take advantage of [somebody].
    Dude, don't let them dick you like that!
  2. To waste time, to goof off.
    Quit dicking around and get to work!

Etymology 2

A shortening and alteration of de(t)ec(tive).


  • /dɪk/
  • /dIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk


  1. In the context of "dated|US|slang": A detective.
    private dick
Derived terms

Etymology 3

A shortening and alteration of dec(laration).


  • /dɪk/
  • /dIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪk


  1. A declaration.
    • 1875: Mrs. George Croft Huddleston, Bluebell
      "He seems to set a deal of store by her, though. There's some young 'ooman at home, where she lives, I'd take my dying dick."

Etymology 4

From numerals.

Cardinal number

  1. In the context of "West Cumbrian|Borrowdale}}

Extensive Definition

Dick is a nickname for Richard. Dick may refer to:
Dick's may refer to:

See also

dick in German: Dick
dick in French: Dick
dick in Japanese: ディック
dick in Dutch: Dick
dick in Polish: Dick
dick in Simple English: Dick
dick in Swedish: Dick
dick in Chinese: 迪克

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dogberry, John Law, Sherlock, beagle, bluecoat, bobby, bull, cop, copper, eye, flatfoot, flattie, gendarme, gumshoe, gumshoe man, hawkshaw, investigator, peeler, pig, plainclothesman, private eye, shamus, skip tracer, sleuthhound, spotter, tec, the cops, the fuzz, the law
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