from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A detective.
- n. Chiefly British A fellow; a guy.
- n. Vulgar A penis.
- n. Vulgar A person, especially a man, regarded as mean or contemptible.
- transitive v. Vulgar To take advantage of; cheat.
- transitive v. Vulgar To have sexual intercourse with.
- dick around Vulgar To spend time idly; fool around.
- dick around Vulgar To be sexually promiscuous.
- dick up Vulgar To botch or bungle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A male person.
- n. The penis.
- n. A highly contemptible person.
- n. absolutely nothing.
- v. To waste time, to goof off.
- v. To have sexual intercourse with.
- n. A detective.
- n. A declaration.
- n. (dialect) ten in Cumbrian sheep counting
Shortening and alteration of detective.
From Dick, nickname for Richard.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Dick, pet form of the name Richard. The name Dick came to mean 'everyman', from which the word acquired other meanings. (Wiktionary)
A shortening and alteration of de(t)ec(tive). (Wiktionary)
A shortening and alteration of dec(laration). (Wiktionary)