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Dick

[dik] /dɪk/
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for g.f. dick

dick1

/dɪk/
noun
1.
(mainly US) a slang word for detective
Word Origin
C20: by shortening and alteration from detective; probably influenced by proper name Dick

dick2

/dɪk/
noun (slang)
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 note
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
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: fellow): from the name Dick, familiar form of Richard, applied generally (like Jack) to any fellow, lad, etc; hence, C19: penis
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Word Origin and History for g.f. dick

dick

n.

"fellow, lad, man," 1550s, rhyming nickname for Rick, short for Richard, one of the commonest English 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 Farmer's slang dictionary (possibly British army slang). Meaning "detective" is recorded from 1908, perhaps as a shortened variant of detective.

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g.f. dick in Science
Dick
  (dĭk)   
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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Slang definitions & phrases for g.f. dick

dick 1

noun
  1. A detective
  2. Any police officer; bull

[1908+; fr a shortening and altering of detective]


dick 2

noun
  1. The penis: Now why don't you pull the weight down with your dick (1880s+ British armed forces)
  2. A despised person; prick: You dick! (1960s+)
  3. Nothing; squat, zilch, zippo: So far we got dick/ Look, I didn't have any money, the Feds wouldn't do dick, nobody was helping out (1950s+)
verb
  1. To do the sex act with; screw: If he went and dicked your twelveyear-old sister he wouldn't tell you all about it/ He was dicking everything that wiggled (1940s+)
  2. (also dick around) To potter or meddle; play; mess, screw around: That's federal merchandise you're dicking with, right, marshal?/ still in the kitchen, dicking around with the sushi (1940s+)
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clipped dick, does a wooden horse have a hickory dick, donkey dick, limp-dick, step on it

[perhaps fr the nickname Dick, an instance of the widespread use of affectionate names for the genitals; perhaps fr earlier British derrick, ''penis''; perhaps fr a dialect survival of Middle English dighten, ''do the sex act with,'' in a locution like ''he dight her,'' which would be pronounced ''he dicked her'']


Dick

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