dick

dick

[dik]
noun Slang.
1.
a detective.
2.
Vulgar. penis.

Origin:
1545–55; generic use of the proper name

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Dick

[dik]
noun
1.
George Frederick, 1881–1967, U.S. internist.
2.
Philip K. 1928–82, U.S. science-fiction writer.
3.
a male given name, form of Richard.

Button

[buht-n]
noun
Richard Totten [tot-n] , ("Dick") born 1929, U.S. figure skater.

Cheney

[chey-nee, chee]
noun
Richard ("Dick") born 1941, U.S. politician: secretary of defense 1989–93; vice president of the U.S. 2001–09.

Fosbury

[foz-buh-ree]
noun
Richard D ("Dick") born 1947, U.S. athlete: developed “Fosbury flop” high jump style.

Turpin

[tur-pin]
noun
1.
Ben, 1874–1940, U.S. silent-film comedian.
2.
Richard ("Dick") 1706–39, English highwayman.

Whittington

[hwit-ing-tuhn, wit-]
noun
Richard ("Dick") 1358?–1423, English merchant and philanthropist: Lord Mayor of London 1398, 1406–07, 1419–20.
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button (ˈbʌtən)
 
n
1.  a disc or knob of plastic, wood, etc, attached to a garment, etc, usually for fastening two surfaces together by passing it through a buttonhole or loop
2.  a small round object, such as any of various sweets, decorations, or badges
3.  a small disc that completes an electric circuit when pushed, as one that operates a doorbell or machine
4.  a symbolic representation of a button on the screen of a computer that is notionally depressed by manipulating the mouse to initiate an action
5.  biology any rounded knoblike part or organ, such as an unripe mushroom
6.  fencing the protective knob fixed to the point of a foil
7.  a small amount of metal, usually lead, with which gold or silver is fused, thus concentrating it during assaying
8.  the piece of a weld that pulls out during the destructive testing of spot welds
9.  rowing a projection around the loom of an oar that prevents it slipping through the rowlock
10.  (Brit) an object of no value (esp in the phrase not worth a button)
11.  slang intellect; mental capacity (in such phrases as a button short, to have all one's buttons, etc)
12.  informal on the button exactly; precisely
 
vb
13.  to fasten with a button or buttons
14.  (tr) to provide with buttons
15.  (tr) fencing to hit (an opponent) with the button of one's foil
16.  button one's lip, button up one's lip, button one's mouth, button up one's mouth to stop talking: often imperative
 
[C14: from Old French boton, from boter to thrust, butt, of Germanic origin; see butt³]
 
'buttoner
 
n
 
'buttonless
 
adj
 
'buttony
 
adj

Cheney (ˈtʃeɪnɪ)
 
n
Richard B(ruce), known as Dick. born 1941, US Republican politician; vice-president from 2001

dick1 (dɪk)
 
n
chiefly (US) a slang word for detective
 
[C20: by shortening and alteration from detective; probably influenced by proper name Dick]

dick2 (dɪk)
 
n
1.  (Brit) a fellow or person
2.  (Brit) clever dick a person who is obnoxiously opinionated or self-satisfied; know-all
3.  a slang word for penis
 
usage  The third sense of this word was formerly considered to be taboo and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

Turpin (ˈtɜːpɪn)
 
n
Dick. 1706--39, English highwayman

Whittington (ˈwɪtɪŋtən)
 
n
Richard, known as Dick. died 1423, English merchant, three times mayor of London. According to legend, he walked to London at the age of 13 with his cat and was prevented from leaving again only by the call of the church bells

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Word Origin & History

dick
"fellow, lad, man," 1553, rhyming nickname for Rick, short for Richard, one of the commonest Eng. names, it has long been a synonym for "fellow," and so most of the slang senses are probably very old, but naturally hard to find in the surviving records. The meaning "penis"
is attested from 1891 in British army slang. Meaning "detective" is recorded from 1908, perhaps as a shortened variant of detective.

button
mid-13c. (implied in botouner "button-maker"), from O.Fr. boton (Fr. bouton) "a button, bud" (12c.), from bouter, boter "to thrust" (see butt (v.)). Thus a button is, etymologically, something that pushes up, or thrusts out. The verb is late 14c.
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Medical Dictionary

button but·ton (bŭt'n)
n.
A knob-like structure, device, or lesion.

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Science Dictionary
Dick   (dĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
American medical researcher who collaborated with his wife, Gladys Henry Dick (1881-1963), to isolate the bacterium that causes scarlet fever. They developed a serum for the disease in 1923.
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Idioms & Phrases

Dick

see every tom, dick, and harry.

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