Mid 16th century (in the general sense 'fellow'): pet form of the given name Richard. Sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 18th century.
Words that rhyme with dickartic, brick, chick, click, crick, flick, hand-pick, hic, hick, kick, lick, mick, miskick, nick, pic, pick, quick, rick, shtick, sic, sick, slick, snick, stick, thick, tic, tick, trick, Vic, wick
nouninformal, dated, chiefly North American
- Our city's private dicks are mostly double-dipping police pensioners.
- 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.
- 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.
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