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  • enPR: dĭk, IPA(key): /dɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪk

Etymology 1

Ultimately from Dick, pet form of the name Richard. The name Dick came to mean "everyman", from which the word acquired other meanings.


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dick (countable and uncountable, plural dicks)

  1. (countable, obsolete) A male person.
  2. (countable and uncountable, vulgar, slang) The penis.
  3. (countable, Britain, US, vulgar, slang, derogatory) A highly contemptible person; a jerk.
    That person is such a dick.
  4. (uncountable, US, Canada, vulgar, slang) Absolutely nothing.
    Last weekend I did dick.
  5. (uncountable, vulgar, slang) Sexual intercourse with a man.
    • Quoted in 1991 Andrew Parker, Nationalisms & Sexualities, page 309:
      You better try and get some dick and take your mind off this bullshit.
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dick (third-person singular simple present dicks, present participle dicking, simple past and past participle dicked)

  1. (transitive, slang, vulgar) To mistreat or take advantage of somebody (with around).
    Dude, don't let them dick you around like that!
  2. (intransitive, slang, vulgar) To waste time, to goof off (with around).
    Quit dicking around and get to work!
  3. (transitive, slang, vulgar, of a man) To have sexual intercourse with.
    • 1996, Clarence Major, Dirty bird blues:
      Listen, this old gal we going to see probably don't like liquor and drinking, so be cool. I'm just gon borrow a few bucks off her. I ain't never dicked her or nothing.

Etymology 2

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


dick (plural dicks)

  1. (uncommon, US, slang) A detective.
    private dick, railroad dick
    • 1937 November 1, Christie, Agatha, Death on the Nile:
      “I am a detective,” said Hercule Poirot with the modest air of one who says “I am a king.”
      “Good God!” The young man seemed seriously taken aback. “Do you mean that girl actually totes about a dumb dick?”
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Etymology 3

A shortening and alteration of dec(laration).


dick (plural dicks)

  1. (obsolete) 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

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From Celtic numerals.



  1. (Cumbria) ten in Cumbrian sheep counting
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See also


  • Wirght, Peter (1995) Cumbrian Chat, Dalesman Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 7
  • Deakin, Michael A.B. (2007), Leigh-Lancaster, David, editor, The Name of the Number[1], Australian Council for Educational Research, →ISBN, page 75
  • Varvogli, Aliki (2002) Annie Proulx's The Shipping News: A Reader's Guide[2], Continuum International Publishing Group, →ISBN, pages 24-25




From Middle High German [Term?], from Old High German dicchi (akin to Old Saxon thikki), from Proto-Germanic *þekuz. Compare Low German dick, Dutch dik, English thick, Danish tyk.



dick (comparative dicker, superlative am dicksten)

  1. thick
  2. fat


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Further reading

  • dick in Duden online

Pennsylvania German


Compare German dick, Dutch dik, English thick.



  1. thick
  2. close
  3. stout