noun Date: 1927 1. a graduated rod for indicating depth (as of oil in a crankcase) 2. [euphemism for dipshit] nitwit 3. a chemically sensitive strip of paper used to identify one or more constituents (as glucose or protein) of urine by immersion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dipstick — UK [ˈdɪpˌstɪk] / US noun [countable] Word forms dipstick : singular dipstick plural dipsticks 1) a long stick used for measuring the oil in a car s engine 2) offensive a stupid or annoying person …   English dictionary

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  • dipstick — n A stupid or foolish person. The dipstick has her dress on backwards. 1960s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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