Definition of dickens noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪkɪnz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪkɪnz//
    the dickens (old-fashioned, informal)
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  1. 1used in questions instead of devil to show that you are annoyed or surprised Where the dickens did he go?
  2. 2(North American English) used when you are saying how attractive, etc. somebody is cute as the dickens
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: a euphemism for ‘devil’, probably a use of the surname Dickens.
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