A portrait of Charles Dickens.
An etching of the novelist 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.
Dickens is defined as a word used to show confusion, shock or irritation, or is the last name of the famous author Charles Dickens.
Brit., Slang devil; deuce: used, with the, only in interjectional phrases, as a mild oath or exclamation of annoyance, surprise, or frustration: what the dickens is that about?
Origin of dickensprobably ; from Dickon, nickname for Richard
(pseud. Boz) 1812-70; Eng. novelist
- 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).