Meaning of dickens in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪkɪnz/

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informal, dated in singular
  • Used for emphasis, or to express annoyance or surprise when asking questions.

    • ‘ what the dickens is going on?’
    • ‘they work like the dickens’
    • ‘On a bad day, the knees and hips that haven't already been replaced hurt like the dickens.’
    • ‘‘It hurt like the dickens,’ the first-term congressman said.’
    • ‘He is in a dickens of a bind, it seems to me, morally, ethically, and legally.’
    • ‘This is going to hurt like the dickens, but you'll have to bear with it.’
    • ‘And daylilies bloom like the dickens in coastal Southern California, even outflowering roses.’


Late 16th century a euphemism for ‘devil’, probably a use of the surname Dickens.