1. CharlesJohn Huf·fam, [huhf-uh m] /ˈhʌf əm/, Boz, 1812–70, English novelist.


  1. of Charles Dickens or his works
  2. (resembling or suggestive of conditions described in Dickens’ novels, esp)
    1. squalid and poverty-strickenworking conditions were truly Dickensian
    2. characterized by jollity and convivialitya Dickensian scene round the Christmas tree
  3. grotesquely comic, as some of the characters of Dickens


  1. informal a euphemistic word for devil what the dickens?


  1. Charles (John Huffam), pen name Boz. 1812–70, English novelist, famous for the humour and sympathy of his characterization and his criticism of social injustice. His major works include The Pickwick Papers (1837), Oliver Twist (1839), Nicholas Nickleby (1839), Old Curiosity Shop (1840–41), Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), David Copperfield (1850), Bleak House (1853), Little Dorrit (1857), and Great Expectations (1861)

exclamation, 1590s, apparently a substitute for devil; probably altered from Dickon, nickname for Richard and source of the surnames Dickens and Dickenson, but exact derivation and meaning are unknown.

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