Main definitions of dick in English

: dick1dick2

dick1

noun

vulgar slang
  • 1A penis.

  • 2North American [with negative] Anything at all.

    ‘you don't know dick about this—you haven't a clue!’
  • 3

    short for dickhead

verb

North American
vulgar slang
  • 1[no object] Handle something inexpertly; meddle.

    ‘he started dicking around with the controls’
    interfere, fiddle, fiddle about, fiddle around, play about, play around, tamper, meddle, tinker, monkey, monkey about, monkey around
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  • 2[with object] (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (someone)

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the general sense fellow): nickname for the given name Richard. dick dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation:

dick

/dik/

Main definitions of dick in English

: dick1dick2

dick2

noun

North American
informal, dated
  • A detective.

    • ‘The image of a private dick gazing out his office window, a Lucky in one and a stiff drink in the other, is nearly a cliche.’
    • ‘Our city's private dicks are mostly double-dipping police pensioners.’
    • ‘Set in Los Angeles, the show follows the tradition of the hardboiled dicks portrayed by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James Cain, Ross McDonald.’
    • ‘Williams agrees and Kelso becomes a private dick, trying to work out the details of the murder and to free Williams, for whom he has developed a good bit of respect and admiration.’
    • ‘She's the English version of a hard-boiled dick, tougher than most all her country's male detectives, public or private.’

Origin

Early 20th century: perhaps an arbitrary shortening of detective, or from obsolete slang dick look from Romany.

Pronunciation:

dick

/dik/