A portrait of Charles Dickens.
An etching of the novelist Charles Dickens.
- Dickens is defined as a word used to show confusion, shock or irritation, or is the last name of the famous author Charles Dickens.
- An example of dickens is a question of surprise such as "why in the dickens did that happen?"
- An example of Dickens is the man who wrote "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens.
Origin of dickensprobably ; from Dickon, nickname for Richard
- A reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the dickens for being late.
- Used as an intensive: What in the dickens is that?
Origin of dickensAlteration of devil (influenced by the name Dickens).
- (euphemistic) The devil.
- She can go to the dickens for what she said.
- You scared the dickens out of me.
- In the phrase the dickens (Used as an intensifier).
- Why the dickens did he do that?
- We had the dickens of a row.
Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.