American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A severe reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the dickens for being late.
- n. Informal Used as an intensive: What in the dickens is that?
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The deuce: used interjectionally, with the definite article (formerly sometimes with the indefinite).
- n. euphemistic The devil.
- n. In the phrase the dickens (Used as an intensifier).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A vulgar euphemism. The devil.
- n. English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
- n. a word used in exclamations of confusion
- Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of devil (influenced by the name Dickens). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What the dickens is the government trying to do to the US?”
“I don't know who in dickens you think you are, but "good American" you certainly are not.”
“But who the dickens is it? said Tommy, after shaking hands heartily with Nat.”
“But what the dickens is the story behind the hands-on-chest cake?”
“What a dickens is the Woman always a whimpring about Murder for?”
“You know, when -- when Don taught me how to ask a tough question and go after him, they would look at me as, like, you know, what the dickens is the matter with you?”
“How the dickens is a fellow to get to sleep while you're playing Punch and Judy in there?”
“What the dickens is the woman drivelling about?" the General demanded.”
“And who the dickens is the President of the League when he's at home?”
“Where the dickens is the proof for next Sundays calendar?”
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