What does dickens mean?

Definitions for dickens
ˈdɪk ɪnz; ˈhʌf əmdick·ens

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devil, deuce, dickens(noun)

    a word used in exclamations of confusion

    "what the devil"; "the deuce with it"; "the dickens you say"

  2. Dickens, Charles Dickens, Charles John Huffam Dickens(noun)

    English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)

Wiktionary

  1. dickens(Noun)

    The devil.

    She can go to the dickens for what she said.

    Etymology: Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.

  2. dickens(Noun)

    In the phrase the dickens ().

    Etymology: Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.

  3. Dickens(ProperNoun)

    Charles Dickens, English novelist.

    Etymology: Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dickens

    the devil

    Etymology: [Perh. a contr. of the dim. devilkins.]

Freebase

  1. Dickens

    Dickens is a city in and the county seat of Dickens County, Texas, United States. The population was 332 at the 2000 census. Charles Weldon Cannon, a Dickens County native, made his famous boots and saddles in Dickens.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dickens

    dik′enz, n. the deuce, the devil, as in 'What the dickens.'—Play the dickens with, to play the deuce with. [For devil, confused with Dickon = Richard.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DICKENS

    An author; polite term for the devil.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dickens in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dickens in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dickens in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Act 3 scene 2:

    I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.

  2. Oliver North:

    The problem that we've got is, we're trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease, and the disease in this case isn't the Second Amendment ; the disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence, they've been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they're young teenagers in most cases, and they've come through a culture where violence is commonplace.

  3. C. S. Lewis:

    I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.

  4. Archibald MacLeish:

    The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.

  5. Joseph Brodsky:

    For aesthetics is the mother of ethics. Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe-not empirically, alas, but only theoretically-that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens.

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