dick etymology

English word dick comes from English detect

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Detailed word origin of dick

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
detect English (eng) (obsolete) Detected. To discover or find by careful search, examination, or probing.
detective English (eng) Employed in detecting. (law enforcement) A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.. A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.
dick English (eng) (uncommon, US, slang) A detective.

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