Diavolo (Fra). Michele Pozza, an insurgent of Calabria (1760-1806). Scribe wrote a libretto on this hero for Auber.
Dibs or Dibbs. Money.(Compare tips, gifts to schoolboys; and diobolus. Compare also dot with tot,
jot, and yod.)
Dicers' Oaths False as dicers' oaths. Worthless or untrustworthy, as when a gambler swears never to touch dice again. (Shakespeare: Hamlet, iii. 4.)
Dicilla (in Orlando Furioso). One of Logistilla's handmaids, famous for her chastity.
Dick That happened in the reign of Queen Dick - i.e. never; there never was a Queen Richard.
Dick's Hatband (Richard Cromwell, 1626-1712.)
Dick = Richard. The diminutive "Dicky" is also common.
"Jockey of Norfolk [Lord Howard], be not too bold,Dickens (See Boz.)
Dickens is a perverted oath corrupted from "Nick." Mrs. Page says -
"I cannot tell what the dickens his name is." -The three poets who express a conflagration are "Dickens! How-itt, Burns!"
Dickey or Dicky. A donkey; anciently called a Dick-ass, now termed Jack-ass. It is a term of endearment,
as we call a pet bird a dicky-bird. The ass is called Dick-y (little Richard), Cuddy (little Cuthbert), Neddy
(little Edward), Jack-ass, Moke or Mike, etc.
Dicky (A), in George III.'s time, meant a flannel petticoat. It was afterwards applied to what were called
false shirts - i.e. a shirt front worn over a dirty shirt, or in lieu of a shirt. These half-shirts were first
"A hundred instances I soon could pick ye -So again: -
"And sister Peg, and sister Joan,(Hair, whalebone, or metal vestments, called dress-improvers, are hung on women's backs, as a "dicky" is hung on a coach behind.)
Dicky Sam A native-born inhabitant of Liverpool, as Tim Bobbin is a native of Lancashire.
Dictator of Letters François Marie Arouet de Voltaire, called the Great Pan. (1694-1778.)
Didactic Poetry is poetry that teaches some moral lesson, as Pope's Essay on Man. (Greek, didasko, I teach.)
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