Definition of Sherlock in English:

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Sherlock

Pronunciation: /ˈʃəːlɒk/

noun

informal
A person who investigates mysteries or shows great perceptiveness: it doesn’t take a Sherlock to figure out that she’s lying to me
More example sentences
  • For example, jokes are remarkably unreliable laugh-getters, especially among North Americans, who were least likely to find jokes funny, according to the humor Sherlocks in Britain.
  • One of the Sherlocks wrote, asking whether his solution was correct, and if he would have gained entry, and I responded.

Derivatives

Sherlockian

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • But the great service that Klinger and the sharp-sighted Sherlockians whose work he draws on perform is to bring to light the astonishing carelessness with which the Holmes stories were written.
  • I'm not sure that the true Sherlockian will want the new novel to reveal too much.
  • In Sherlockian parlance, we could call this The Curious Case of the Forgotten Corpse.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Sherlock Holmes (see Holmes, Sherlock).

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