Etymology
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dickens

exclamation, "the Devil!," used with the definite article, formerly with the indefinite, 1590s, apparently a substitute for devil; probably altered from Dickon, the old nickname for Richard and source of the surnames Dickens and Dickenson, but if so the exact derivation and meaning are unknown. Century Dictionary points to Low German duks, düker "the deuce," variants of deuce (see deuce).

updated on August 15, 2018

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Definitions of dickens from WordNet
1
dickens (n.)
a word used in exclamations of confusion;
the dickens you say
Synonyms: devil / deuce
2
Dickens (n.)
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870);
Synonyms: Charles Dickens / Charles John Huffam Dickens
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