clever dick etymology

English word clever dick comes from English Dick, English dick ((uncommon, US, slang) A detective.)

Detailed word origin of clever dick

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
Dick English (eng) A male given name., also used as a formal given name.. A surname​.
dick English (eng) (uncommon, US, slang) A detective.
clever dick English (eng) (informal, chiefly, British) A person who annoyingly tries too hard to impress with their cleverness.