What does sherlock mean?

Definitions for sherlock
ˈʃɜr lɒksher·lock

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sherlock.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlocknoun

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information


  1. Sherlocknoun

    A rare male given name transferred from the surname.

  2. Sherlocknoun

    A detective (from Sherlock Holmes), especially used ironically to address somebody who has stated the obvious.

  3. Etymology: Supposedly from an Old English scir-lock "bright-lock".


  1. Sherlock

    Sherlock is the fourth EP of the South Korean boy group Shinee. The EP consists of seven tracks, including the title song "Sherlock (Clue + Note)", a hybrid remix of the two songs. It was released on March 21, 2012, in South Korea under the label S. M. Entertainment, and was distributed by KT Music. The album was made available online worldwide on March 19, 2012. The EP was Shinee's first Korean release after a year and 6 months hiatus. The album was commercially successful in South Korea — the title track topped the Gaon Digital Chart, while the album charted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart with about 135,000 copies sold in the month of March, setting the record for most album sales in March 2012. It also placed 10th on the Billboard Weekly Heatseekers Albums and 5th on the Billboard Weekly World Albums charts.


  1. sherlock

    Sherlock generally refers to Sherlock Holmes, a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The character is known for his exceptional intelligence, proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the supernatural, often employing his deductive reasoning to solve difficult cases. "Sherlock" can also refer to "Sherlock", a British crime television series based on Doyle's detective stories.


  1. Sherlock

    Sherlock, named after Sherlock Holmes, was a file and web search tool created by Apple Inc. for the Mac OS, introduced with Mac OS 8.5 as an extension of the Mac OS Finder's file searching capabilities. Like its predecessor, it can search for local files and file contents, which it does using the same basic indexing code and search logic found in AppleSearch. Sherlock extended the system by allowing the user to search for items through the world wide web through a set of plugins that harness existing web search engines. These plugins are written as plain text files, so it is fairly simple for a user to write a Sherlock plugin. Sherlock was replaced by Spotlight and Dashboard in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, although Apple continued to include it with the default installation. Since most of the standard plug-ins for Sherlock provided by Apple itself no longer function, it was officially retired and removed in the release of Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard in 2007.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sherlock is ranked #6511 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sherlock surname appeared 5,211 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Sherlock.

    92.6% or 4,829 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 122 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 81 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 75 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 72 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 32 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sherlock in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sherlock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sherlock in a Sentence

  1. Kroum Batchvarov:

    We the archaeologists are in the role of Sherlock Holmes, we're gathering the clues, and the more accurately we gather them and the relationship between the clues, the more probable it is for us to reverse-engineer what happened.

  2. Eric Schiffer:

    Fiorina used Sherlock Holmes-like tech marketing research at HP, this ear-to-the-ground excising of consumer talking points helps connect her with voters by feeding them what they want, but her reputation as CEO was a disaster – and this will shove her over the Republican plank.

  3. Frederick Buechner:

    It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.

  4. Sara Saracino:

    Similar to Sherlock Holmes tracking down a criminal gang from their missteps, we are looking at every single star in this cluster with a magnifying glass in one hand trying to find some evidence for the presence of black holes but without seeing them directly.

  5. Sir Arther Connan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes:

    And once again Mr. Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complexity of human life so pletifuly presents.

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    A anil
    B whitewash
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