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piece of pork
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The penis.
    • 1983, , , , et al., , 01:01:39-01:01:43: Your piece of pork, your wife's best friend, your percy, or your cock.
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piece of shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Used other than as an idiom: A chunk of excrement
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar) A bad thing; an object of poor quality.
    • 1979, Monty Python, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Life's a piece of shit When you look at it Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
  3. (idiomatic, vulgar) A despicable person.
Synonyms: (excrement) turd, (bad thing) piece of crap, piece of junk
piece of tail
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, idiomatic, colloquial, vulgar) alternative form of piece of ass
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piece of work
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A product or manufactured article, especially an item of art or craft.
    • 1996, David Ansen "The Killer And The Nun (film review)," Newsweek, 8 Jan., “Dead Man Walking” is a powerful and intelligent piece of work.
  2. (idiomatic, often, derogatory) A person who has a strong and unusual personality, especially one with serious unpleasant character flaw (e.g. a nasty piece of work).
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    • 1991, "Music: The Ballads Of Shirley Horn," Newsweek, 29 Apr., She built a reputation as a piece of work; if she didn't like a crowd, sometimes she'd walk off stage in midset and call a cab home.
    • 2007, Elizabeth Keenan, "Australia's New Order," Time, 25 Nov., Known as Pixie for his fresh looks, and Dr Death for his cold stare of disapproval, Rudd was said to have few friends in Canberra. Former Labor leaders Paul Keating and Mark Latham described him, respectively, as "a menace" and "a terrible piece of work".
pie-chucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (cricket, informal) A bowler who has no control over the movement of the ball
pie-eater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) a person from Wigan in northern England or the surrounding area 2005 — Wiganers do like pies, but the term Pie-eaters is actually an insult, dating back to a pit strike when Wigan miners were starved back to work before their St Helens counterparts, thereby eating humble pie. — - The Observer, "Get past the pies and there's a football team", 7 Aug 2005
pie-eyed
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  1. (slang) Drunk.
piehole Alternative forms: pie hole, pie-hole etymology pie + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Mouth.
    • 2007, and , Firestorm, ISBN 9780345460578, p. 258: "[T]hey kin always do a mouth transplant on ya. Be a big improvement over the piehole you was born with."
  • Referring to someone's mouth as his or her piehole, besides being slang, is often considered mildly offensive, implying either the person is loud (Shut your piehole!) or gluttonous (He shoved another piece of cake down his piehole.).
Synonyms: cakehole
piffy on a rock bun etymology Age and etymology are uncertain, it existed in the 1930s and possibly derives from a music hall catchphrase. Some commentators (e.g. World Wide Words) suggest that piffy may have originally been patience, and the rock bun was simply a type of cake.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British, idiomatic) A person ignored or sidelined from an activity I hate your works parties; you always talk shop with your mates and leave me sat like piffy on a rock bun.
Common in North-West England, sometimes shortened to just like piffy. It is the Northern equivalent of the Southern like a lemon.
pig {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}}
etymology 1 From Middle English pigge (originally a term for a young pig, with adult pigs being swine), apparently from Old English *picga (attested only in compounds, such as picgbrēad). Connection to early Dutch bigge (modern Dutch big), Western Frisian bigge{{,}} and similar terms in gml is sometimes proposed, "but the phonology is difficult"''A new English dictionary on historical principles'' and other sources say the words are "almost certainly not" related.{{R:Dictionary.com}} British slang sense "police officer" from at least 1785.'''2003''', Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina M. Hyams, ''An Introduction to Language'', [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=7PftAAAAMAAJ&q=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6jLXT4-XMsHYigfxvJS4Aw&redir_esc=y page 474] — Similarly, the use of the word '''''pig''''' for “policeman” goes back at least as far as 1785, when a writer of the time called a Bow Street police officer a “China Street '''pig'''.” pronunciation
  • /pɪɡ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several mammalian species of the genus Sus, having cloven hooves, bristle and a nose adapted for digging; especially the domesticated farm animal Sus scrofa. The farmer kept a pen with two pigs that he fed from table scraps and field waste.
  2. (specifically) A young swine, a piglet (contrasted with a hog, an adult swine).
    • 2005 April, Live Swine from Canada, Investigation No. 731-TA-1076 (Final), publication 3766, April 2005, U.S. International Trade Commission (ISBN 1457819899), page I-9: Weanlings grow into feeder pigs, and feeder pigs grow into slaughter hogs. … Ultimately the end use for virtually all pigs and hogs is to be slaughtered for the production of pork and other products.
  3. (uncountable) The edible meat of such an animal; pork. Some religions prohibit their adherents from eating pig.
    • 2005, Ross Eddy Osborn, Thorns of a Tainted Rose (ISBN 0741425319), page 196: "Miss Chastene, could you fetch me out an extra plate of pig and biscuit[?] My partner can't do without your marvelous cooking."
  4. Someone who overeats or eats rapidly and noisily. You gluttonous pig! Now that you've eaten all the cupcakes, there will be none for the party!
  5. A nasty or disgusting person. She considered him a pig as he invariably stared at her bosom when they talked.
  6. A dirty or slovenly person. He was a pig and his apartment a pigpen; take-away containers and pizza boxes in a long, moldy stream lined his counter tops.
  7. (now, chiefly, US, UK, Australia, derogatory, slang) A police officer. {{defdate}} The protester shouted, “Don't give in to the pigs!” as he was arrested.
    • 1989, , Carrion Comfort, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ClXFYXTcrXUC&pg=PA359&dq=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6jLXT4-XMsHYigfxvJS4Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22%20police%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 359], “...Sounds too easy,” Marvin was saying. “What about the pigs?” He meant police.
    • 1990, Jay Robert Nash, Encyclopedia of World Crime: Volume 1: A-C, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=bCkRAQAAMAAJ&q=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2BLXT7CeHsaUiAfCo4WRAw&redir_esc=y page 198], The bank robberies went on and each raid became more bloody, Meinhof encouraging her followers to “kill the pigs” offering the slightest resistance, referring to policemen.
    • 2008, Frank Kusch, Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=4pSCQDqmNskC&pg=PA63&dq=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2BLXT7CeHsaUiAfCo4WRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22%20police%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 63], Backing 300 of the more aggressive protesters was a supporting cast of several thousand more who stared down the small line of police. Those in front resumed their taunts of “Pig, pig, fascist pig,” and “pigs eat shit, pigs eat shit.” The rest of the crowd, however, backed off and sat down on the grass when reinforcements arrived. Police did not retaliate for the name-calling, and within minutes the line of demonstrators broke apart and the incident was over without violence.113
    • 2011, T. J. English, The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=ChtI5MJU0U8C&pg=PT69&dq=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22+police+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2BLXT7CeHsaUiAfCo4WRAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22pig%22|%22pigs%22%20police%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], But me, I joined the party to fight the pigs. That′s why I joined. Because my experience with the police was always negative.
  8. (informal) A difficult problem. Hrm... this one's a real pig: I've been banging my head against the wall over it for hours!
  9. (countable and uncountable) A block of cast metal. The conveyor carried the pigs from the smelter to the freight cars. After the ill-advised trade, the investor was stuck with worthless options for 10,000 tons of iron pig.
  10. The mold in which a block of metal is cast. The pig was cracked, and molten metal was oozing from the side.
  11. (engineering) A device for cleaning or inspecting the inside of an oil or gas pipeline, or for separating different substances within the pipeline. Named for the pig-like squealing noise made by their progress. Unfortunately, the pig sent to clear the obstruction got lodged in a tight bend, adding to the problem.
  12. (pejorative) a person who is obese to the extent of resembling a pig (the animal)
  13. (US, military, slang) The general-purpose M60 machine gun, considered to be heavy and bulky. Unfortunately, the M60 is about twenty-four pounds and is very unbalanced. You try carrying the pig around the jungle and see how you feel.
Synonyms: (mammal of genus Sus) hog, swine, see also , (someone who overeats or eats rapidly) see , (nasty or disgusting person) see , (police officer) see , (fat person‎) see
hyponyms:
  • (mammal of genus Sus) boar, herd boar; sow, brood sow; piglet, piggy
descendants:
  • Abenaki: piks (from "pigs")
  • Malecite-Passamaquoddy: piks (from "pigs")
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of swine) to give birth. The black sow pigged at seven this morning.
  2. (intransitive) To greedily consume (especially food). They were pigging on the free food at the bar.
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, p. 349: "Wow, Doc. That's heavy." Denis sat there pigging on the joint as usual.
  3. (intransitive) To huddle or lie together like pigs, in one bed.
etymology 2 Origin unknown. See piggin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scottish) earthenware, or an earthenware shard
  2. An earthenware hot-water jar to warm a bed; a stone bed warmer
pigass etymology From pig + ass.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
pigeon {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: pidgeon (chiefly archaic) etymology From Middle French pigeon, from Old French pijon, from ll pipionem, accusative singular of Latin pipio, from pipiō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɪdʒɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of several birds of the family Columbidae, which consists of more than 300 species.
  2. (slang) A person who is a target or victim of a confidence game.
Synonyms: (bird) columbid (Columbidae), columbiform (Columbiformes), culver, dove, (person who is a target or victim of a confidence game) dupe, fish, mark, mug, sucker, rube, stiff
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) to deceive with a confidence game
pigeonhawk etymology pigeon + hawk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An individual who has served in the military only during peacetime, or only in a non-combat capacity, but offers strategic advice and promote military actions.
pigeon post {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The use of homing pigeon to carry message.
  2. (UK, slang, Oxford University) The university's internal mail system.
pigfucker Alternative forms: pig-fucker, pig fucker etymology pig + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, extremely pejorative) Term of abuse. That pigfucker broke my vase!
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  2. (slang, vulgar, extremely pejorative) One who has sex with overweight women.
  3. (slang, vulgar, extremely pejorative) A police informant.
pig fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) alternative form of pigfucker
  2. Used other than as an idiom:
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pig-fucker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) alternative form of pigfucker
pigfucking etymology pig + fucking
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) An intensifier, used in the same contexts as fucking.
related terms:
  • pigfucker
piggy Alternative forms: piggie etymology pig + y pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪɡi/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (hypocoristic) A pig (the animal). This little piggy went to market.
  2. (hypocoristic) A guinea pig.
    • 2009, Elvio Romeo, The Ultimate Guinea Pig Handbook (page 56) If you're dead-set on breeding your piggies, here are some things to remember and purchase…
  3. (hypocoristic, slang) A toe. He has such cute piggies!
  4. (mildly, derogatory) A pig, a greedy person. Can't you finish your dinner? You've been a piggy, haven't you?
  5. (derogatory, slang, UK) A member of the police.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. greedy
  2. slovenly, dirty
piggy flu
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) synonym of swine flu
pigheaded etymology pig + headed.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Obstinate and stubborn to the point of stupidity.
Synonyms: See also
pigopoly etymology From pig and monopoly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A cartel of greedy, overcharging businesses, specifically the entertainment industry.
    • 2002 February 1, "Ayn R Keey" (username), "Re: Democrat National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe does not hold office", in alt.fan.rush-limbaugh and other newsgroups, Usenet: It is no more than a tie between the players in the Two-Party Pigopoly* of our government. ¶ … ¶ *term courtesy of The Register …
    • 2003 November 19, "Tacit" (username), "Re: Screen capture from DVD", in comp.graphics.apps.photoshop, Usenet: That's actually quite encouraging; it shows that no matter how much they try, pigopolies like the MPAA can't stop technology with legislation.
    • 2005 February 21, "news" (username), "Re: Mac OS X and the Cell Processor: A Marriage Made in Heaven?", in comp.sys.mac.advocacy, Usenet: I think it is one thing to not have DRM built in in the first place, and keep your board from being being massacred by the pigopoly, but quite another to have built-in DRM and not implemet it.
    • 2006 November 7, "Data Banks" (username), "Re: a quick semi-OT question", in alt.games.the-sims, Usenet: … a lot of smaller ISPs were getting their feed from a certain pigopoly company that had decided to save money and unplug a heap of their storage units & sell them off.
pigout
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A meal at which an excessive quantity of food is eat.
PIGS
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (genetics) Phosphatidylinositol glycan anchor biosynthesis, class S, a human gene.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (economics, widely considered derogatory)
    1. (since the 1990s) Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, countries of southern Europe noted for similar economic environments.
    2. (since 2008) Portugal, Ireland and/or Italy, Greece and Spain, grouped on the basis of their high indebtedness during the European sovereign debt crisis.
related terms:
  • (economics) PIIGS, PIIIGS, PIIGGS
pigshit etymology pig + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) The excrement of a pig.
pigsicle etymology pig + sicle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) A cold or frozen pig.
    • 2006, Ben Applebaum, Ryan McNally, & Derrick Pittman, Class Dismissed: 75 Outrageous, Mind-Expanding College Exploits (and Lessons That Won't Be on the Final), Villard (2006), ISBN 9781588365439, page 24: Of course, I jokingly offered the girls our frozen pig. After wiping away the snow and rapping my knuckles on it to demonstrate that it was a solidly frozen pigsicle, the girls looked at each other in amazement and politely refused.
    • 2011, James V. Shubert, Salami's Fire: A Piggy's Trial by Fire, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781467044899, page 31: I was buried with only my snotty snout sticking out. I was frozen. I could become a pigsicle.
    • 2013, Chris Kurtz, The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, Harcourt Children's Books (2013), ISBN 9780547634555, page 173: “I don't have to worry about my bed partner turning into a pigsicle any longer.”
pigskin etymology From pig + skin. The American (US) football is a direct descendant of the ball used in the game of rugby. The rugby ball originally was made of a pig's bladder with a leather cover; the earliest versions of the leather exterior sometimes were made of pigskin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Leather made from the skin of a pig.
  2. (US, slang) A football.
anagrams:
  • spiking
pig-sticking
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated, India, Anglo-Indian) boar hunt
    • 1945, Noël Coward, I Wonder What Happened to Him? Have you heard any wordOf that bloke in the "Third" -Was it Sotherby, Sedgewick or Sim?They had him chucked out of a club in Bombay.But apart from his mess bills exceeding his pay,He took to pig-sticking in quite the wrong way.I wonder what happened to him?
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pigsty etymology pig + sty pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪɡstaɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shelter where pig are kept.
  2. (slang) A dirty or very untidy place.
Synonyms: pigpen
pig yoke
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang, archaic) A quadrant or sextant.
pi-jaw etymology From pi + jaw. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpʌɪdʒɔː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Patronising or lecturing talk, especially from an adult to a child. {{defdate}}
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 33: ‘I'll admit for the moment that you aren't giving me pi-jaw.’
pike {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Middle French pique, from Old French pic, and from Old English pīc,{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} ultimately a variant form of pick, with meaning narrowed. Cognate with Dutch piek, dialectal German Peik, Norwegian pik. {{etymtwin}} pique. pronunciation
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  1. A very long thrusting spear used two-handed by infantry both for attacks on enemy foot soldiers and as a counter-measure against cavalry assaults. The pike is not intended to be thrown.
    • 1790, , Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile Each had a small ax in the foreangle of his saddle, and a pike about fourteen feet long, the weapon with which he charged;
  2. A sharp point, such as that of the weapon. {{rfquotek}}
  3. Any carnivorous freshwater fish of the genus Esox, especially the northern pike, Esox lucius.
  4. A turnpike. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A pointy extrusion at the toe of a shoe, found in old-fashioned footwear.
    • 1861, The comprehensive history of England Vol. 1 During the earlier part of this period, the long pike disappeared from the shoe, but in the later part it returned in greater longitude than ever.
    • 1904, George Nicholls, A History of the English Poor Law in Connection with the State of the Country and the Condition of the People Thus the statute of , which forbade the fine gentlemen of those times, under the degree of a lord, to wear pikes upon their shoes or boots of more than two inches in length, was a law that savoured of oppression, because, however ridiculous the fashion might appear, the restraining of it by pecuniary penalties would serve no purpose of common utility.
  6. (diving) A dive position with knees straight and a tight bend at the hips.
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 167: She sprang into the air and jack-knifed into a clumsy pike before following her hands into the water.
    • 2008, , China wins first diving medal at Beijing Olympics Aug 10 2008 Guo and Wu took a big lead after the second dive, a back dive in pike position, which the judges awarded three perfect tens for synchronization.
  7. (obsolete, UK, dialect) A hayfork. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (obsolete) A pick. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  9. A large haycock. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (the fish species Esox lucius) see: northern pike
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To attack, prod, or injure someone with a pike.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, often with "on" or "out") To quit or back out of a promise. Don't pike on me like you did last time!
    • 2002, Sylvia Lawson, How Simone De Beauvoir Died in Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=RioNDmxhskUC&pg=PA151&dq=%22piking%22|%22piked%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vVTXT7CSBumpiAfng9X-Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piking%22|%22piked%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 151], —But Camus piked out, said Carole. Sartre and that lot got pissed off with him, he stood off from the war, he wouldn′t oppose it.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Faces in the Street: Louisa and Henry Lawson and the Castlereagh Street Push, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=NcO7t8G-yQ8C&pg=PA543&dq=%22piking%22|%22piked%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vVTXT7CSBumpiAfng9X-Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piking%22|%22piked%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 543], Holman accepted the challenge while Norton ‘piked out’; nevertheless Holman won Cootamundra against a strong candidate.
    • 2008, Chris Pash, The Last Whale, Fremantle Press, Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=g187U6ehMvAC&pg=PA36&dq=%22piking%22|%22piked%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vVTXT7CSBumpiAfng9X-Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piking%22|%22piked%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 36], If they didn′t go ahead, it would look like they had piked, backed down.
etymology 2 Perhaps a special use of Etymology 1, above; or from an early Scandinavian language, compare Norwegian pik. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now UK regional) A mountain peak or summit.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.ii.3: The pike of Teneriffe how high it is? 70 miles? or 50, as Patricius holds? or 9, as Snellius demonstrates in his Eratosthenes?
anagrams:
  • kepi, kipe
piker etymology From pike + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, historical) A soldier armed with a pike, a pikeman.
    • 1974, Thomas Keneally, Blood Red, Sister Rose, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=qfcgAQAAIAAJ&q=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OXDYT4iILdGTiQfa--mjAw&redir_esc=y page 82], Upstairs in a waiting room there were pikers whose tunics echoed Baudricourt′s gold lion shield painted up and down the rafters.
    • 2008, Cathal J. Nolan, Wars of the Age of Louis XIV, 1650-1715: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=Nn_61ts-hQwC&pg=PA363&dq=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FE7YT8GuMtSgiQeH18CtAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 363], By 1600, the ratio of pikers to gunmen was roughly 3:2. By mid-century the ratio was only 1:2, and by 1670 there was just one piker to every three gunmen in the French Army.
  2. One who bet or gamble only with small amounts of money.
    • 1899, Stephen Crane , Twelve O'Clock, 1 , ““[…] Them rich fellers, they don't make no bad breaks with their money. They watch it all th' time b'cause they know blame well there ain't hardly room fer their feet fer th' pikers an' tin-horns an' thimble-riggers what are layin' fer 'em. […]””
    • 1921, B. M. Bower, Cow Country, 2004, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=rEpZqpmJ_MAC&pg=PA79&dq=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jFfYT_32CsWhiQeep_C3Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 79], Bud swelled his chest and laid his hand on Jeff′s shoulder. “Just to show you I′m not a piker,” he cried recklessly, “I′ll bet you twenty-five dollars I can beat your Skeeter with my Smoky horse that I rode in here. Is it a go?”
    • 1999, Lael Morgan, Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=kr0RAQAAIAAJ&q=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qn3YT6LNOIahmQWfwbSDAw&redir_esc=y page 96], “Now, boys,” said Marie walking up and down the bar, once or twice lifting her skirt to her knees and laughing. “The last bid′s $5,000. Say, ain′t you pikers a-goin′ to bid higher than that for this?" And another flick of her skirts. “Here′s a nice plump chicken awaiting for a home.”
  3. A stingy person; a cheapskate.
    • 1916, Richard Harding Davis, The Man Who Could Not Lose, 2008, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=Gv48bhl5X4gC&pg=PA22&dq=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jFfYT_32CsWhiQeep_C3Aw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 22], “And if you′ve got to be a piker,” said Dolly, “don′t be ashamed to be a piker. We′re not spending a hundred dollars because we can afford it, but because you dreamt a dream. You didn′t dream you were riding in parlor-cars! If you did, it′s time I woke you!” This day there was for them no box overlooking the finish, no club-house luncheon. With the other pikers, they sat in the free seats, with those who sat coatless and tucked their handkerchiefs inside their collars, and those who mopped their perspiring countenances with rice-paper and marked their cards with a hat-pin. Their lunch consisted of a massive ham sandwich with a top dressing of mustard.
    • 2000, Peter L. Bernstein, The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=xGWBu3J3HbcC&pg=PA218&dq=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=E4XYT4TBGsHWmAWdzMSMAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22piker%22|%22pikers%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 218], The golden nuggets in the stream at Sutter′s Mill in California made Croesus look like a piker, and Australia, the Klondike, and South Africa were yet to come.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 604: Whatever else this cupcake might be up to, she was no piker. For everything the Q′s ordered, she added on more of the same.
  4. An amateur.
  5. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) One who refuses to go out with friends, or leaves a party early. exampleMate, don't be a piker! Come to Angie′s birthday party tonight! 〈Mate, don't be a piker! Come to Angie′s birthday party tonight!〉
  6. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) One who pike (quits or backs out of a promise).
  7. (US, dated) A male freshman at Cornell University.
It has been linked etymologically to the word pikey{{reference-book|author=Tony Thorne|title=Bloomsbury Dictionary of Contemporary Slang|publisher=[[w:Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|Bloomsbury Publishing Plc]]|year=1990|id=ISBN 0747545944}} as well as to in eastern . In the latter instance the term originally denoted poor immigrants to .
quotations: The 2000 film makes reference to "pikers" in the following excerpt: So now you know what's possible, let me tell you what's required. You are required to work your fucking ass off at this firm. We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time? People come to work at this firm for one reason: to become filthy rich; that's it. We're not here to make friends; we're not saving the fucking manatees here, guys. You want vacation time, go teach third grade at a public school. (wav, mp3)
pikey {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 pike + -y
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A low-ranking soldier who merely carries a pike.
etymology 2 From obsolete pike, to depart or travel, or possibly from turnpike {{etystub}} - needs to be confirmed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, pejorative) A working-class (often underclass) person; can vary from specifically Irish Traveller to gypsies or travellers from any ethnic background, but now increasingly used for any socially undesirable person, with negative connotations of benefit fraud, theft, single-parent families and living on run-down estate.
etymology 3 Derived from the stereotype that all gypsies or other travellers are thieves.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, slang, derogatory) to steal.
pilau
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of pilaf
    • c.1885, A.L.O.E., The Wondrous Sickle: ... 'the dishes went away almost as full as when they were brought. To-day the king has almost finished the pilau and now he is busy with the curry and rice!'
etymology 2 From Hawaiian pilau.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) filthy
anagrams:
  • Pauli
pile {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /paɪl/
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etymology 1 From Old English pīl, from Latin pīlum. Cognate with Dutch pijl, German Pfeil.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A dart; an arrow.
  2. The head of an arrow or spear.
  3. A large stake, or piece of pointed timber, steel etc., driven into the earth or sea-bed for the support of a building, a pier, or other superstructure, or to form a cofferdam, etc.
  4. (heraldiccharge) One of the ordinaries or subordinaries having the form of a wedge, usually placed palewise, with the broadest end uppermost.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To drive pile into; to fill with piles; to strengthen with piles.
etymology 2 Apparently from ll pilus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually in plural) A hemorrhoid.
etymology 3 From Middle French pile, pille, from Latin pīla.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mass of things heap together; a heap.
  2. (figuratively, informal) A group or list of related items up for consideration, especially in some kind of selection process. When we were looking for a new housemate, we put the nice woman on the "maybe" pile, and the annoying guy on the "no" pile.
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  3. A mass formed in layers. a pile of shot
  4. A funeral pile; a pyre. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A large building, or mass of buildings.
    • Dryden The pile o'erlooked the town and drew the fight.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, II.2: The pile is of a gloomy and massive, rather than of an elegant, style of Gothic architecture …
    • Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved It was dark when the four-wheeled cab wherein he had brought Avice from the station stood at the entrance to the pile of flats of which Pierston occupied one floor…
  6. A bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be worked over into bars or other shapes by rolling or hammering at a welding heat; a fagot.
  7. A vertical series of alternate disks of two dissimilar metals, as copper and zinc, laid up with disks of cloth or paper moisten with acid water between them, for producing a current of electricity; — commonly called Volta’s pile, voltaic pile, or galvanic pile.
  8. (obsolete) The reverse (or tails) of a coin.
  9. (figuratively) A list or league
    • {{quote-news}} Watch Harlequins train and you get some idea of why they are back on top of the pile going into Saturday's rerun of last season's grand final against Leicester.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lay or throw into a pile or heap; to heap up; to collect into a mass; to accumulate; to amass; — often with up; as, to pile up wood.
  2. (transitive) To cover with heaps; or in great abundance; to fill or overfill; to load.
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    exampleWe piled the camel with our loads.
  3. (transitive) To add something to a great number.
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  4. (transitive) (of vehicles) To create a hold-up.
  5. (transitive, military) To place (guns, muskets, etc.) together in three so that they can stand upright, supporting each other.
related terms:
  • funeral pile
  • pile bridge
  • pile driver
  • pile cap
  • pile on
  • pile up
etymology 4 Partly from xno pil (a variant of peil, poil) and partly from its source, Latin pilus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Hair, especially when very fine or short; the fine underfur of certain animals. (Formerly countable, now treated as a collective singular.)
  2. The raised hairs, loops or strands of a fabric; the nap of a cloth.
    • William Cowper Velvet soft, or plush with shaggy pile.
anagrams:
  • plie, plié
pile of shit etymology pile + of + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Something that is not true, a mass of lies (refers to bullshit). They said he survived the fall? What a pile of shit!
  2. (vulgar, slang) Any worthless structure or device. Take this pile of shit back where you bought it and get your money back.
  3. (vulgar, slang) A totally worthless person. Todd, you are the biggest pile of shit I've ever seen.
Synonyms:
piles
noun: {{head}} plural
  1. plural of pile Piles were sunk into the river to support the bridge.
  2. (pathology) Haemorrhoids. Many women get piles when pregnant.
  3. (informal, piles of) A large amount of. He must earn piles of money.
Synonyms: (informal: a large amount of): heap of, load of, mountain of, shedload of, ton of
anagrams:
  • plies
  • spiel
  • spile
pile-up
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}}(idiomatic, colloquial) A traffic accident or collision involving multiple vehicles. Traffic was backed up for miles due to a twelve-car pile-up on the freeway earlier today.
anagrams:
  • uppile
pill pronunciation
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etymology 1 From gml or Middle Dutch pille (whence Dutch pil), probably from Latin pilula.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, usually cylindrical object designed for easy swallow, usually containing some sort of medication.
    • 1864, Benjamin Ellis, The Medical Formulary Take two pills every hour in the apyrexia of intermittent fever, until eight are taken.
  2. {{senseid}} (informal, uncountable, definite, i.e. used with "the") Contraceptive medication, usually in the form of a pill to be taken by a woman; an oral contraceptive pill. Jane went on the pill when she left for college. She got pregnant one month after going off the pill.
    • 1986, Jurriaan Plesman, Getting Off the Hook: Treatment of Drug Addiction and Social Disorders Through Body and Mind: Many specialists are requesting that this vitamin be included in all contraceptive pills, as women on the pill have a tendency to be depressed.
  3. (slang) A comic or entertaining person.
  4. (slang) A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person.
    • 1960 , P. G. Wodehouse , Jeeves in the Offing , chapter IV , “You see, he's egging Phyllis on to marry Wilbert Cream. [...] And when a man like that eggs, something has to give, especially when the girl's a pill like Phyllis, who always does what Daddy tells her.”
    • 2000, Susan Isaacs, Shining Through Instead, I saw a woman in her mid-fifties, who was a real pill; while all the others had managed a decent “So pleased,” or even a plain “Hello,” Ginger just inclined her head, as if she was doing a Queen Mary imitation.
  5. (informal) A small piece of any substance, for example a ball of fibres formed on the surface of a textile by rubbing.
    • 1999, Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True One sleeve, threadbare and loaded with what my mother called “sweater pills,” hung halfway to the floor.
  6. (archaic, baseball slang) A baseball.
    • 2002, John Klima, Pitched Battle: 35 of Baseball's Greatest Duels from the Mound Mr. Fisher contributed to the Sox effort when he threw the pill past second baseman Rath after Felsch hit him a comebacker.
  7. (firearms) (informal) a bullet (projectile)
Synonyms: (small object for swallowing) tablet
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  1. (intransitive, textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
    • 1997, Jo Sharp, Knitted Sweater Style: Inspirations in Color During processing, inferior short fibers (which can cause pilling and itching) are removed to enhance the natural softness of the yarn and to improve its wash-and-wear performance.
  2. To form into the shape of a pill. Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.
  3. To medicate with pills. She pills herself with all sorts of herbal medicines.
etymology 2 From Latin pilō, from pilus.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark.
  2. To peel; to make by removing the skin.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis xxx. 37 [Jacob] pilled white streaks…in the rods.
  3. To be peel; to peel off in flakes.
  4. (obsolete) To pillage; to despoil or impoverish.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: So syr Lucan departed for he was greuously wounded in many places And so as he yede he sawe and herkened by the mone lyght how that pyllars and robbers were comen in to the felde To pylle and robbe many a ful noble knyghte of brochys and bedys of many a good rynge & of many a ryche Iewel / and who that were not deed al oute
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  1. The peel or skin.
    • Holland Some be covered over with crusts, or hard pills, as the locusts.
etymology 3 From Middle English *pill, *pyll, from Old English pyll, from Proto-Germanic *pullijaz, diminutive of Proto-Germanic *pullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bale-. Cognate with Old English pull, Scots poll, Icelandic pollur. More at pool.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now UK regional) An inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay.
pillhead etymology pill + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who habitually takes tranquilizers, amphetamine, barbiturate, and other drugs, in pill or capsule form.
pillock etymology The origin of pillock is believed to go back to the 16th century meaning penishttp://www.allwords.com/word-pillock.html from the Norwegian word pillicock, presumably akin to the slang dickhead meaning inept foolhttp://www.answers.com/topic/dickhead.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, mildly, pejorative, slang) a stupid or annoying person; simpleton; fool.
Synonyms: (British, mildly pejorative, slang, stupid or annoying person) wazzock, plonker
anagrams:
  • lip lock, lip-lock, liplock
pillow-biter etymology From the trial of , where Norman Scott, indicating his reluctant participation in receptive homosexual activity, said "I just bit the pillow, I tried not to scream because I was frightened of waking Mrs Thorpe."{{reference-book | author = Lewis Chester, Magnus Linklater, David May | year = 1979 | title = Jeremy Thorpe: a secret life | publisher = University of Michigan | id = ISBN 023397184X }}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative or humorous) A homosexual man.
    • 2002: Mark A. Roeder, Keeper of Secrets When I'd come in, he'd say stuff like ‘The little pillow-biter is home’ or ‘The little fairy has just flown in’.
    • 2003: D. B. C. Pierre, Vernon God LittleYou a pillow-biter or what?’ ‘Hell no. I just think you're too young, that's all.’
    • 2004: Paul Matthew St. Pierre, A Portrait of the Artist As Australian: L'œuvre Bizarre de Barry Humphries ... a stuffed shirt, a raving pillow-biter or a looney old lezzo with a face like a half-sucked mango, ...
pilot {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French pilot, pillot, from Italian piloto, from ll pillottus; perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek πηδόν 〈pēdón〉 , hence also Ancient and Modern Greek πηδάλιον (pēdalion), "rudder" . pronunciation
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  1. A person who steer a ship, a helmsman. {{rfquotek}}
  2. A person who knows well the depths and currents of a harbor or coastal area, who is hired by a vessel to help navigate the harbor or coast.
  3. An instrument for detecting the compass error.
  4. (AU, road transport, informal) A pilot vehicle.
  5. (AU, road transport) A person authorised to drive such a vehicle during an escort.
  6. A guide or escort through an unknown or dangerous area.
    • 1834, , A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, E. L. Cary and A. Hart, page 43: So we mounted our horses, and put out for that town, under the direction of two friendly Creeks we had taken for pilots.
  7. Something serving as a test or trial. We would like to run a pilot in your facility before rolling out the program citywide. The pilot plant showed the need for major process changes.
    1. (mining) The heading or excavation of relatively small dimensions, first made in the driving of a larger tunnel.
  8. A person who is in charge of the control of an aircraft.
  9. A sample episode of a proposed TV series
  10. (rail transport) A cowcatcher.
  11. A pilot light.
  12. One who flies a kite.
    • 2003, John P. Glaser, A Father's Collage, page 31: Julia has become quite a good kite pilot. She has learned how to repeatedly buzz her father's head, coming within two feet, and not hitting him.
  13. A short plug, sometimes made interchangeable, at the end of a counterbore to guide the tool.
adjective: {{rft}} {{en-adj}}
  1. Made or used as a test or demonstration of capability. (pilot run, pilot plant)
  2. Used to control or activate another device. (pilot light)
  3. A vehicle to warn other road users of the presence of an oversize vehicle/combination. (pilot vehicle)
  4. Used to indicate operation ("pilot lamp")
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To control (an aircraft or watercraft).
  2. (transitive) To guide (a vessel) through coastal waters.
  3. (transitive) To test or have a preliminary trial of (an idea, a new product, etc.)
pimp pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɪmp/
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etymology 1 Origin unknown. Perhaps from Middle French pimpant.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man who solicit customers for prostitution and acts as manager for prostitute; a panderer.
  2. (African American Vernacular English slang) A man who can easily attract women.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To act as a procurer of prostitute; to pander.
  2. (transitive) To prostitute someone. The smooth-talking, tall man with heavy gold bracelets claimed he could pimp anyone.
  3. (transitive, US, African American Vernacular English) To excessively customize something, especially a vehicle, according to ghetto standards (also pimp out). You pimped out that AC (air conditioner) f'real (for real), dawg.
  4. (transitive, medicine, slang) To ask progressively harder and ultimately unanswerable questions of a resident or medical student (said of a senior member of the medical staff).
    • 2004, Robert A. Blume, Arthur W. Combs, The Continuing American Revolution: A Psychological Perspective, page 183 Only an attending physician can pimp a chief resident; the chief resident and attending can pimp a junior resident; they all three can pimp an intern.
  5. (transitive, US, slang) To promote, to tout. I gotta show you this sweet website where you can pimp your blog and get more readers.
  6. (slang) To persuade, smooth talk or trick another into doing something for your benefit. I pimped her out of $2,000 and she paid for the entire stay at the Bahamas.
Synonyms: (promote, tout) pitch, promote, tout, spruik
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) excellent, fashionable, stylish
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} From cel numerals. Cognate with Welsh pump
numeral: {{head}}
  1. (Cumbrian and Old Welsh dialects) five in Cumbrian and Welsh sheep counting
anagrams:
  • impp.
pimping
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated) Little or petty.
  2. (obsolete, US, dialect) puny; sickly
  3. (slang, African American Vernacular English) Consisting of or having the qualities of a pimp.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The practise of procuring prostitute.
  2. The process of modifying a vehicle (usually a car), predominantly focusing on its appearance and audiovisual system as opposed to performance.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of pimp
pimpish etymology pimp + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Like a pimp.
Synonyms: pimplike
pimple {{wikipedia}} etymology pimple, pumple (not found in Middle English), probably a nasalized variation of Old English piplian, pyplian. Akin to Old English pipliġende. pronunciation
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  1. An inflame (raised and colored) spot on the surface of the skin that is usually painful and fills with pus. I had to pop that embarrassing pimple, it was huge and red and on the tip of my nose.
  2. (slang) An annoying person. He's such a pimple! I wish he'd stop being so irritating!
Synonyms: acker (old Australian slang), acne, pustule, spot (UK), zit (US)
related terms:
  • pimpled
  • pimply
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To develop pimples
pimpmobile etymology Originated 1970–75 as an Americanism; pimp + -mobile.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An extravagantly large or ornate automobile, presumably suitable for a pimp.
pimpology etymology From pimp + ology.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The study or practice of pimping or being pimp.
    • 1999, Rodney R Jones et al., Disorderly Conduct D.A.: Mr. P., do you consider yourself to be a student of pimpology or the study of pimping?
    • 2003, White Noise, Hilton Als, Darryl A Turner edd. Randomly choose any pre-Chronic rap track—say Ice-T’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”—and, despite the crass pimpology, the record exudes pleasure.
    • 2004, Eddie B Allen, Low Road The rules of pimpology would probably not have applied to Darrin and Samantha’s marriage anyway, but the mind-set, to Donnie, was all the same.
    • 2005, Eddie Beverage, Tom Brown Saves the World He had something the band wanted and that was pimpology.
pimp out {{rfc}} pronunciation
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  1. (slang, transitive) To prostitute, take advantage of, exploit, use, to hire out or provide to others like a whore.
    • 2000, , quoted in Josh Kun, “Quickfix: Pimps in Space”, CMJ New Music Monthly, ISSN 1074-6978, Number 84 (August 2000), page 12: You can't pimp out a ho on no earth level.
    • 2005, Spin Magazine Spouting some of the most hilarious "urban" dialogue Quentin Tarantino ever wrote, Spivey (Gary Oldman) throws raging parties and pimps out feisty ho Alabama
    • 2005 Jocelyn M. Pollock, Prisons: today and tomorrow To be turned out, prostituted, pimped out, or turned into an inmate whore.
    • 2010, John De Vito, Frank Tropea, Epic television miniseries: a critical history, page 108 The young prostitute he pimped out.
    My mom pimped me out, for my fundraising skills, to the United Way for a fundraiser. Scott likes pimping out his bottom boyfriend to his friends. I hate men that live off the earnings of the prostitutes that they pimp out.
  2. (slang, transitive) To make improvements to, to beautify.
    • 2006, Games Access Unwired There's also a special meter that lies underneath the health bar which increases as the fight ensues, and fills more rapidly if your fighter is pimped out with the latest kicks, bling and hairdos.
    • 2008, David Meerman Scott Need to Know to Get Started Pimp Out Your Blog Building an Audience for Your New Blog Tag, and Your Buyer Is It Blogging Outside of North America What Are You
    sure knows how to pimp out cars leaving them very well upgraded and refurbished!
pimp slap Alternative forms: pimp-slap pronunciation
  • {{enPR}} /ˈpɪmp slæp/
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  1. (slang, vulgar) A powerful slap to the face;"pimp slap" in Geneva Smitherman, ''Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner'', Houghton Mifflin (1994), ISBN 0395674107, page 181, and Houghton Mifflin (2000), ISBN 0395969190, page 230: "An open-handed slap across the face."
    • 2001, Paul Beatty, The White Boy Shuffle, Picador, ISBN 031228019X, page 53: These silent greetings were often returned in spades, accompanied by the angry rejoinder “Nigger, what the fuck you looking at?” and a pimp slap that echoed in my eyes for a week.
    • 2002, Reginald Sinclair Lewis, "The Black Klan Killers", in Inside My Head, iUniverse, ISBN 0595219209, pages 10–11: … Respect for your / Elders was lost right then— / In the pistol whippings, the pimp slaps, cold / Beatdowns and in-home invasions and / [page break] / Mass killings we read about in / The newspapers and on the “Action / News” and on all the subway trains / Fleeing the cities you inhabited.
    • 2004, Michael Atkinson, Life Is Amazing, Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1412015561, page 132: Oh thanks a lot mother yucker, and I don’t recall telling you to elaborate,I said tell me why the yuck I’m getting an “F” without me taking a test. ¶ That’s what I recall saying,but I did not say this to him. He may have given me a pimp slap.
    • 2006, Gloria P. Glover, "Where You At Big Brother?", in Glendoria’s Creations: Poems from the Heart, AuthorHouse, ISBN 1425951546, page 52: But don’t worry Bro / I’ll get them all back... / I’m coming with a backhanded pimp slap and a fully loaded gat!
    • For additional quotations, see pimp-slap.
  • For some English speakers, there is a distinction between a and a bitch slap, in which a is backhanded (delivered with the back of the hand), while a is openhanded (delivered with the palm of the hand). For most speakers, however, the two terms are synonymous, referring equally to either kind of slap.
Synonyms: (slap to the face) bitch slap
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  1. (slang, vulgar, transitive) alternative spelling of pimp-slapDavid Burke, ''The Slangman Guide to Dirty English: Dangerous Expressions Americans Use Every Day'', Slangman Publishing (2003), ISBN 1891888234, page 145: "To slap someone as if he or she is less important."
    • 2001, Johnnie L. Mitchell, 88 Ways to Die, iUniverse, ISBN 0595211151, page 27: “… That’s what really got me pissed. I admit it. I pimp slapped her a couple times. …”
    • 2005, Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker, "Whatever It Takes", in Kiss the Year Goodbye, Pocket Books, ISBN 0-7434-9707-4, page 21: “Hey, Indian.” Mr. Marcus, my next-door neighbor, smiled, with the gold caps in the front of his mouth shining. I felt like pimp slapping the shit out of him. How many times do I have to tell him my damn name is not Indian? I hope he’s not coming to borrow any sugar, because I’ma tell him no.
    • 2006, Brandelyn N. Castine, Spoken Silence: Life in 4 Parts, self-published, ISBN 0595398162, page 169: … just when I am feeling my most smug, the hand of God reaches down and pimp slaps me into reality.
    • 2007-2008, Saints Row I&II: The act of using the Pimp Slap mentioned in the above article to kill/damage an NPC or vehicle.
pimp-slap Alternative forms: pimp slap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of pimp slap
    • 1998, Ron Nixon, "Farrakhan, the Hip-Hop Generation, and the Failure of Black American Leadership", in Amy Alexander (ed.), The Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood, and Minister Louis Farrakhan, Grove Press, ISBN 0-8021-3597-8, page 190, Although Jesse Jackson and several other Civil Rights Era leaders criticized Clinton for the remarks, they nevertheless endorsed him for president. Many politically-aware young black people saw that as a pimp-slap in the face.
    • 1999, Dan Kelly, "Birchismo", in The Baffler 13, reprinted in Thomas Frank and David Mulcahey (eds.), Boob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy, W. W. Norton & Company (2003), ISBN 0-393-32430-3, page 356, … a generation for whom the landmark events of Sixties were an unpleasant series of pimp-slaps.
    • 2002, Jai Anthony-Lewis Husband, Behold..., iUniverse, ISBN 0595259049, page 118, “… I spent hours preparing and I still got slammed—” ¶ “Yeah, it was like an opened-handed pimp-slap!”
    • 2004, Rita Rashad, Love At Half-court: It May Be The Same Game, But It’s No Ordinary Love!, iUniverse, ISBN 0595316093, pages 27–28, Then the next thing I knew, my Mom whipped around and gave Kellie one of those backhanded pimp-slaps across the face.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, transitive) To slap powerfully in the face; to deliver a pimp slap to.
    • 1994, Jervey Tervalon, Understand This, Morrow, ISBN 068804560X, page 71, Come over here like you think you gonna pimp-slap me because you driving your brother’s Benz.
    • 1997, Belle Waring, "Eleventh Day of Rain", in Dark Blonde Poems, Sarabande Books, ISBN 1-889330-08-6, page 58, This is the eleventh day of rain in a row / when the wind off the river pimp-slaps us university whores / heading to class.
    • 2004 December 29, Neil Prakash, "9 November(D+1): Fire for Effect", in Matthew Currier Burden, The Blog of War: front-line dispatches from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, Simon and Schuster (2006), ISBN 0743294181, page 182, When that round hit the building, it looked like God himself came down and pimp-slapped him off the building. He just flew sideways like he was catapulted into orbit.
    • 2006, O.G. Wise, Queen Bee, Cook City Publishing Inc., ISBN 0977413705, page 142, Renny got up and pimp-slapped the taste outta his mouth!
    • For additional quotations, see pimp slap.
pimp up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) to get dressed up I need to pimp up a little before going out.
  2. (informal) to decorate; to prettify
Synonyms: dress up
pimpy etymology pimp + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Like a pimp.
    • 1997, Harold Augenbraum, Margarite Fernández Olmos, The Latino reader (page 477) Like Mr. Paresi, a pimpy Brooklyn lawyer who my mother claims is the number-one criminal defense attorney in New York, complete with an impressive roster of Mafia clients.
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pin {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English pinne, from Old English pinn, from Proto-Germanic *pinnaz, *pinnō, *pint-, from Proto-Indo-European *bend-. Cognate with Dutch pin, Low German pin, pinne, German Pinn, Pinne, Bavarian Pfonzer, Pfunzer, Danish pind, Norwegian pinn, Swedish pinne, Icelandic pinni. More at pintle. No relation to classical Latin pinna, which was extended to mean "ridge, peak, point" (compare pinnacle), and often confused with Latin penna. More at feather. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pɪn/, [pʰɪn]
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  • {{homophones}} (pin-pen merger)
noun: {{rft}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A small device, made (usually) of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flatten or rounded into a head, used for fasten.
    • Milton With pins of adamant / And chains they made all fast.
  2. A small nail with a head and a sharp point.
  3. A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts. Pull the pin out of the grenade before throwing it at the enemy.
  4. (wrestling) The victory condition of holding the opponent's shoulders on the wrestling mat for a prescribed period of time.
  5. A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
  6. (in plural pins; informal) A leg. I'm not so good on my pins these days.
  7. (electricity) Any of the individual connecting elements of a multipole electrical connector. The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins.
  8. A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
  9. (US) A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.
  10. (chess) A scenario in which moving a lesser piece to escape from attack would expose a more valuable piece to attack.
  11. (curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area) The shot landed right on the pin.
    • Shakespeare the very pin of his heart cleft
  12. (dated) A mood, a state of being.
    • Cowper a merry pin
  13. One of a row of peg in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each person should drink.
  14. (medicine, obsolete) caligo {{rfquotek}}
  15. A thing of small value; a trifle.
    • Spectator He … did not care a pin for her.
  16. A peg in musical instrument for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.
  17. (engineering) A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
  18. The tenon of a dovetail joint.
Synonyms: (small nail) nail, tack, (cylinder of wood or metal) peg, (games) skittle, (jewellery fastened with a pin) brooch, (accessory) badge
hyponyms:
  • (jewellery fastened with a pin) breastpin
  • (chess) absolute pin, relative pin, partial pin
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.
  2. (chess, usually, in the passive) To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.
  3. (wrestling) To pin down (someone).
  4. To enclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
  5. (computing, GUI) To attach (an icon, application, etc.) to another item. to pin a window to the Taskbar
  6. alternative form of peen
anagrams:
  • nip, Nip, NIP, NPI
Pinay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Filipina; a female from the Philippines.
Synonyms: Filipina
hypernyms:
  • Filipino
antonyms:
  • Pinoy
  • Filipino
pinch {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English pinchen, from xno *pinchier (compare Old French pincer, pincier), from vl *pincāre, a nasalised variant of vl *piccāre, from frk *pikkōn, from Proto-Germanic *pikōną, *pukaną, from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu-. Cognate with Old English scLatinx, pician, Old Norse pikka, Middle Dutch and gml picken, German pochen. More at pick. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To squeeze a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt. The children were scolded for pinching each other. This shoe pinches my foot.
  2. To squeeze between the thumb and forefinger.
    • Paingod and Other Delusions, Harlan Ellison , 2014 , 1497604443, “He took the plate in his hand, holding it between thumb and forefinger at one corner, letting it hang down. With the other hand he pinched it at the opposite corner, pressing thumb and forefinger together tightly. ”
  3. To squeeze between two objects.
    • Physics of Nanostructured Solid State Devices, Supriyo Bandyopadhyay , 2012 , 1461411416, page 446, “Since the resistance of the channel is inversely proportional to its width, the most resistive region is the one pinched between the gates where they come closest to each other. ”
  4. To steal, usually of something almost trivial or inconsequential. Someone has pinched my handkerchief!
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  5. (slang) To arrest or capture.
  6. (horticulture) To cut shoots or buds of a plant in order to shape the plant, or to improve its yield.
  7. (nautical) To sail so close-hauled that the sails begin to flutter.
  8. (hunting) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does.
  9. (obsolete) To be niggardly or covetous. {{rfquotek}}
    • Franklin the wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare
  10. To seize; to grip; to bite; said of animals.
    • Chapman He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.
  11. (figurative) To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve. to be pinched for money
    • Sir Walter Raleigh want of room … pinching a whole nation
  12. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch.
  13. (obsolete) To complain or find fault.
    • Chaucer, 'The Good Parson' Therefore whoso doth them accuse Of any double intentión, To speaké rown, other to muse, To pinch at their conditión, All is but false collusión, I dare right well the soth express, They have no better protectión, But shourd them under doubleness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action of squeezing a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt.
  2. A small amount of powder or granule, such that the amount could be held between fingertip and thumb tip.
  3. An awkward situation of some kind (especially money or social) which is difficult to escape.
    • 1955, , "Die Like a Dog", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 171: It took nerve and muscle both to carry the body out and down the stairs to the lower hall, but he damn well had to get it out of his place and away from his door, and any of those four could have done it in a pinch, and it sure was a pinch.
  4. An organic herbal smoke additive.
descendants:
  • Japanese: ピンチ (pinchi)
pinch a loaf
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to defecate
pinch hitter {{wikipedia}} etymology pinch hit + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) A substitute batter; one who pinch-hits.
  2. (cricket) An aggressive batsman brought on to score run quickly, even at the risk of losing his wicket.
  3. (colloquial) An individual who substitutes for another to perform one or more tasks. I'll be sending a pinch hitter to do the presentation because I have the flu.
related terms:
  • pinch hit
pinchy etymology pinch + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) slightly painful, akin to being pinch
    • 1993, Milly Bennett, A. Tom Grunfeld - On Her Own: Journalistic Adventures from San Francisco to the Chinese Revolution, 1917-1927 I pushed my cropped hair up and away from the back of my neck where it was pinchy and itching.
    • July 1998, Indianapolis Monthly Vol. 21, No. 13 It's a rare treat in these days when anyone can truck in a case of trendy flavors, set out a few pinchy wire chairs and call the whole sterile spread an ice cream parlor.
    • 2002, Mary Pope Osborne - Adaline Falling Star I can't keep still. I feel like I'm caught in a trap — my tight corset and pinchy shoes don't help.
  2. (informal) prone or designed to pinch
    • 2009, Mark Teague - Doom Machine “I don't understand this whatchamacallit. The way it wraps all the way around. Wouldn't it be simpler if it went straight up? Hey, hand me that pinchy thing with the zapper on one end.
    • 2009, Andy Rash - Are You a Horse? A skittery, pinchy thing ran sideways in front of Roy. It had plenty of legs. “Are you a horse?” he asked. “A horse? I'll pinch you good! A horse is friendly. I'm a crab!” said the crab.
anagrams:
  • hypnic
pincushion etymology pin + cushion Alternative forms: pin cushion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small device designed to receive sewing pins, usually pillow-like; more recently also magnetic.
  1. (colloquial) Someone who receives regular hypodermic needle injections. exampleInsulin-dependant diabetics are human pincushions.
  2. Various plants resembling a pincushion:
    1. A flowering plant in genus Chaenactis.
    2. A flowering plant in genus {{taxlink}}.
    3. A flowering plant in genus {{taxlink}}.
    4. A flowering plant in genus {{taxlink}}.
    5. {{taxlink}}, an ornamental plant.
    6. The {{vern}}, genus {{taxlink}} or {{taxlink}}.
Synonyms: (plant, genus Chaenactis) {{vern}}, (plant, species Nertera granadensis) {{vern}}, {{vern}}, {{vern}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To multiply stick or jab, as with pins into a pincushion. exampleThe target was pincushioned with arrows.
pindick etymology pin + dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, vulgar, rare) An unusually small penis, or a person who has one.
    • 1998, James Hynes, Publish and perish: three tales of tenure and terror "You want to deal with somebody, pindick?"
    • 2002, "Alex", I like big COCKS and I cannot Lie - Cuckold and Pindick Humiliation Fantasies for Phone Sex (discussion on Internet newsgroup alt.sex.telephones) Why should a woman subject herself to a tiny pindick, which gives her NO pleasure - just to be NICE? Ha! Fuck that.
    • 2005, Sam Lipsyte, Home land "Yo, pindick, shut up," said Saladin.
    • 2007, Denise Hamilton, Los Angeles Noir "I'm 'bout to kick his pindick out of here." "You owe me," Cash said evenly. "You gonna show me love or not?"
    • 2008, Ron McLarty, Art in America Todd finds them confusing. They are just confusing articles." "Listen — " "Hold on, putz. You listen. I'm so sick of you pindicks jerking off on my time.
pineapple {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English pinappel, equivalent to pine + apple. Later applied to the fruit of the pineapple plant due to its resemblance to a pinecone. Compare the post-Classical Latin pomum pini, the Old French pume de pin, the Middle French and French pomme de pin, the Middle Dutch and Dutch pijnappel, the gml pinappel, the Old High German pīnapful, the Middle High German pīnaphel, and the early Modern German pinapfel — all in the sense of “pine cone”. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈpaɪnæpəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tropical plant, Ananas comosus, native to South America, having thirty or more long, spined and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.
  2. The ovoid fruit of the pineapple plant, which has very sweet white or yellow flesh, a tough, spiky shell and a tough, fibrous core.
  3. (slang) A hand grenade.
  4. (slang) An Australian fifty dollar note.
  5. A hairstyle consisting of a ponytail worn on top of the head, imitating the leaves of a pineapple.
Synonyms: (plant) ananas, pineapple plant, (fruit) ananas, (hand grenade) grenade, hand grenade
related terms:
  • apple
  • pine
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Pineapple Express {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, meteorology) The jetstream and accompanying strong, moist airflow from the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands to the west coast of North America.
    • 1990, Hill Williams, "Another Nasty November," Seattle Times, 1 Dec. (retrieved 19 Oct 2008): A warm, wet rainstorm—the notorious "Pineapple Express"—hit Western Washington the weekend before Thanksgiving in 1986.
hypernyms:
  • atmospheric river
Piney {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A native or inhabitant of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
ping {{wikipedia}} etymology Onomatopoeic. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pɪŋ/
  • (US) /piːŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound. My car used to make an odd ping, but after the last oil change it went away.
  2. (submarine navigation) A pulse of high-pitched or ultrasonic sound whose echoes provide information about nearby objects and vessels. The submarine sent out a ping and got an echo from a battleship.
  3. (networking) A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence. The network is overloaded from all the pings going out.
  4. (text messaging, Internet) An email or other message sent requesting acknowledgement. I sent a ping to the insurance company to see if they received our claim.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound. My car was pinging until my last oil change.
  2. (submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.
  3. (networking) To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility. I'm pinging their server. The server pings its affiliates periodically.
  4. (networking) To send a network packet to another host and receive an acknowledgement in return. I can't ping their server: perhaps it's been switched off.
  5. To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response. I'll ping the insurance company again to see if they've received our claim.
  6. (colloquial) To flick. I pinged the crumb off the table with my finger.
  7. (colloquial, sports, intransitive) To bounce. The ball pinged off the wall and came hurtling back.
  8. (colloquial, sports, transitive) To cause something to bounce.
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  9. (colloquial, sports) To call out audibly.
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pingas
etymology 1 Probably derived from the Danish "penge" (money). Prevalent in communities with a high percentage of native New Zealanders (Mäori), though not restricted to them, and generally used by the lower socio-economic groups. Particularly common in the parts of the lower North Island heavily settled by Scandinavians.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (New Zealand, slang) money
etymology 2 From a common internet meme and sample of an edited version of a line in the television series said by the character Dr. Robotnik (when he says "Snooping as usual I see?"), sounding pingas, which is intended to sound like the word penis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet slang) A penis.
Pinglish
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Non-standard English spoken by Palestinian.
  2. (informal) Non-standard English spoken by Persian.
pinhead etymology pin + head. pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪn.hɛd/
Alternative forms: pin-head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The head of a pin. (Frequently used in size comparisons.)
    • 1810, Thomas Thomson, A System of Chemistry, Vol. 4, Bell & Bradfute, page 602: The moment the nitre was red hot, the coal, previously reduced to small pieces of the size of a pinhead, was projected in portions of one or two grains at a time…
  2. (slang) An ignorant, naïve, foolish, or stupid person.
    • 1998, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, page 212: Percy, who hadn't noticed that Fred had bewitched his prefect badge so that it now read "Pinhead," kept asking them all what they were sniggering at.
  3. (slang) A telemark skier.
  4. (slang, medicine) A human head that is unusually tapered or small, often due to microcephaly, or a person with that trait. Often promoted in as "human pinheads".
    • 1939, Amram Scheinfeld and Morton David Schweitzer, You and Heredity, Frederick A. Stokes Co., page 155: The microcephalic idiot is an unfortunate with a "pinhead," sometimes exhibited as a "what's-it" in circus side-shows, whose mental age never goes beyond that of an imbecile.
    • 1943, Oliver Ramsay Pilat, Sodom by the Sea: An Affectionate History of Coney Island, Garden City Publishing, page 187: was simply a Negro idiot. … For half an hour at a time, David Belasco used to watch Zip at Coney Island. The producer insisted he saw signs of intelligence in the pinhead
  5. (slang, pet stores) A newborn cricket used as food for pet.
    • 1994, Raymond E. Hunziker, Leopard Geckos, Publisher, ISBN 079380258X, page 16: A newly hatched gecko will need pretty small crickets, but you will not have to go all the way down to pinheads.
    • 2000, Manny Rubio, Scorpions: Everything About Purchase, Care, Feeding, and Housing, Barron's Educational Series, ISBN 0764112244, page 70: Crickets can be purchased in many sizes from newborns ("pinheads") to adults.
Synonyms: (idiot) doofus, dumbbell, dunce
anagrams:
  • hand pie
  • headpin
pinheaded etymology pin + headed; compare pinhead.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, medicine) Having a head that is unusually tapered or small.
  2. (slang) Foolish; ignorant.
pinheadedness etymology pin + headed + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, medicine) Having a head that is unusually tapered or small.
  2. (slang) Foolishness; ignorance.
Pink
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}}
etymology 2 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, dated) An operative of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
pink {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (regional) The common minnow, {{taxlink}}. {{defdate}}
  2. (regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, before it becomes a smolt; a parr. {{defdate}}
etymology 2 From Middle Dutch pincke.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now historical) A narrow boat. {{defdate}}
etymology 3 Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scallop the fringe.
  2. To prick with a sword.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 642: ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’
  3. To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
  4. To choose; to cull; to pick out. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stab. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 Origin unknown; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnation. {{defdate}} This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks.
  2. (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment of some quality. {{defdate}} Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
    • Shakespeare the very pink of courtesy
  3. The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red. {{defdate}} My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink. {{color panel}}
  4. Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters. {{defdate}}
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 23: I had taken it for granted that there would be people ‘in pink’, but these enormous confident strangers overwhelmed me with the visible authenticity of their brick-red coats.
    • 1986, Michael J O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry, SUNY, page 69: it is interesting to note the curious legend that the pink of the hunting field is not due to any optical advantage but to an entirely different reason.
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points. {{defdate}} Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink.
  6. (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
  2. Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
  3. Having conjunctivitis.
  4. (obsolete) By comparison to red (communist), describing someone who sympathizes with the ideals of communism without actually being a Russian-style communist: a pinko.
    • 1976: Bhalchandra Pundlik Adarkar, The Future of the Constitution: A Critical Analysis The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
  5. (informal) Relating to women or girl. pink-collar; pink job
  6. (informal) Relating to homosexual as a group within society. the pink economy pink dollar; pink pound
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat.
etymology 5 Onomatopoeic
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of a motor car) To emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set ignition timing for the fuel used (in a spark ignition engine).
etymology 6 Dutch pinken.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To wink; to blink. {{rfquotek}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Half-shut; winking. {{rfquotek}}
pink cigar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) Penis.
pink elephant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) hallucination; particularly those brought on by drinking alcohol. I remember lying by the side of the road watching the pink elephants dancing by.
Pinkerton Syndrome etymology The term is from the character of Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in the 's opera .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, Singaporean, dated) The tendency of some Asians to consider Caucasians superior, and to be biased in favour of Caucasians over Asians.
pinko pronunciation
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etymology From the term red, affiliated with communism, as pink is a lighter, more diluted form. (1936)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, derogatory) A socialist who is not wholly communist.
related terms:
  • pink
pinkskin etymology pink + skin By an exaggeration of the darker colored skin that some white people have as a result of tan lines and the flush color that appears pink on many fair-skinned individuals.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive, slang) A white person
pink slime {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Apparently first applied to food in 2002 by microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein. {{quote-news | date = 2009-12-30 | title = Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned | first = Michael | last = Moss | newspaper = {{w|The New York Times}} | issn = 0362-4331 | url = http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/us/31meat.html | passage = Another department microbiologist, Gerald Zirnstein, called the processed beef "'''pink slime'''" in a 2002 e-mail message to colleagues and said, “I do not consider the stuff to be ground beef, and I consider allowing it in ground beef to be a form of fraudulent labeling.” }}{{quote-news|url=http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/08/pink-slime-combo-connective-tissue-scraps-hidden-in-your-kids-lunch/|title='Pink slime': Combo of connective tissue, scraps hidden in your kids’ lunch|publisher=Fox News|date=2012-03-08|accessdate=2012-03-28|passage=The term ‘'''pink slime'''’ was first coined in 2002 by Food Safety Inspection Service microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein, who toured a Beef Products Inc. production facility.}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: pink, slime Slime which is pink.
    • 2001, Ian Irvine, A Shadow on the Glass: Water flowed down the cliff, showering on their heads; the stone under their feet was slick with pink slime.
    • 2006, Norman Allen, The Besting of Humphrey Mercer, page 34: The pastry room was a further revelation. Six young girls in white coats and white hats were dusting white flour over small pre-formed pastry lids, which were then glued onto cups of uncooked short crust filled with pink slime.
    • 2010, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Ambushed!, page 45: As she buried her face deep in the cool pulp, even her cheeks became slicked with pink slime. She paid no attention to Gabe, chomping away on his melon next to her. Focus was the name of the game.
  2. (paper manufacture) An undesirable pink-colored microbial mass occurring in the slurry used in making paper. {{defdate}}
    • Microbiology of pulp and paper, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Microbiological Committee, John William Appling, 1955, Pink slime is a real and continuing problem in many paper mills. Once established it may be difficult to ... Holmes (15, 16) and Sanborn (24) stated that yeasts or yeast-like fungi were often the cause of pink slime.”
  3. (informal, dysphemistic) A meat byproduct produced from scraps by heating and then treating with ammonia to produce a food additive. {{defdate}}
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(meat byproduct) This term is primarily used by critics of the product. The meat industry and product labels use the terms lean finely textured beef and boneless lean beef trimmings. Synonyms: (meat byproduct) lean finely textured beef (LFTB), boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT)
pink triangle {{wikipedia}} etymology Derived from the symbol worn by homosexuals at Nazi concentration camp, a pink triangle, since taken by the LGBT movement as a symbol of their own.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a homosexual
related terms:
  • purple triangle
  • yellow star
pinky {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪŋki/
etymology 1 pink + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pinkish.
    • Edward Lear, , 1871: In a pinky paper all folded neat, And they fastened it down with a pin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, historical, slang, Australia) Methylated spirits mixed with red wine or Condy's crystals.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 262: “Here,” Nigel greeted him, “do try a spot of ‘pinky,’ it's ever so much fun, really.”
  2. A baby mouse, especially when used as food for a snake, etc.
  3. (offensive, slang, ethnic slur) A white person.
etymology 2 From Dutch pinkje
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The smallest finger or toe of a hand or foot.
    • 2003, Billoo Badhshah, The Unofficial Joke Book Of Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=r-8JhrUXfLcC&pg=PA126&dq=%22pinky%22|%22pinkies%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9lvZT_agAqHKmAWnqZCfAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 126], Everyday as he passes them, the hookers wave at him with their pinkies and say, “Hi there, little boy!”
Alternative forms: pinkieSynonyms: (smallest finger or toe) little finger, pinky finger, pinky toe, little piggy, digit V, fifth digit
pinny etymology Shortened form of pinafore. pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪni/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes.
  2. (colloquial) A simple jersey worn to denote teams or groups.
Pinoy Alternative forms: Pinay (female person) etymology Last two syllables of Filipino + y; Pinoy caught on with the Florante song “Akoy isang Pinoy”("I am a Pinoy") that became mainstream with Filipino culture to denote their country of origin and background.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A Filipino; a person who is Filipino in ethnicity.
anagrams:
  • Noypi
pins and needles
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) A tingling or prickling sensation, felt in a limb when a lack of circulation is relieved and in other situations.
    • 1990, S. DelPin Failla and V. Fox, "Ask the O.R.," The American Journal of Nursing, vol. 90, no. 6, p. 18, The sensations caused by the loss of this nerve vary from numbness or "pins and needles" to severe pain.
Synonyms: paresthesia / paraesthesia
pinta
etymology 1 From the pronunciation of . Compare cuppa. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpaɪnt.ə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A pint of milk.
etymology 2 {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈpɪnt.ə/
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A human skin disease endemic to Mexico, Central America, and South America, caused by infection with a spirochete, Treponema pallidum carateum, which is morphological and serological indistinguishable from the organism that causes syphilis.
anagrams:
  • inapt, NAITP, Paint, paint, tap in
pinter etymology pint + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in combinations, UK, slang) The drinking of a certain number of pint of beer
  2. (in combinations, UK, slang) A container that holds a certain number of pint.
    • 2006, Martyn J. Pass, Dani Pass, Waiting for Red (page 262) “Anyway, I'd best get a shuffle on. Got to pick some milk up, you see.” “I've just been too.” Sure enough he showed the hedgehog a four-pinter.
  3. (in combinations, UK, slang) Something that takes a certain number of pints of beer to appreciate. She's so ugly, an eight-pinter, I'd say.
pintman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) A man who habitually drinks pint of beer, or is revered for his way of drinking them.
pint-sized
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Comparatively small in size.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games Together, with the help of the drunkard Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), the only District 12 citizen ever to win the Games, they challenge tributes that range from sadistic volunteers to crafty kids like the pint-sized Rue (Amandla Stenberg) to the truly helpless and soon-to-be-dead.
pious fiction
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes pejorative) A fictional, often religious narrative, present as true by its author to accomplish some altruistic motive.
pip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /pɪp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English pippe, from Middle Dutch pip, from post-classical Latin pipita, from Latin pītuīta.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various respiratory diseases in birds, especially infectious coryza. {{defdate}}
  2. (humorous) Of humans, a disease, malaise or depression.
    • D. H. Lawrence, letter to Edward Garnett I've got the pip horribly at present.
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etymology 2 Apparently representing a shortened form of pippin, from Middle English pipin, from Old French pepin (French pépin).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A pippin.
  2. (UK) A seed inside certain fleshy fruits (compare stone/pit), such as a peach, orange, or apple.
  3. (US, colloquial) Something or someone excellent, of high quality.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 612: She sure is a pip, that one. You need company?
  4. (British, dated, WW I, signalese) P in RAF phonetic alphabet
etymology 3 Origin uncertain, perhaps related to Etymology 2, above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of the spots or symbols on a playing card, domino, die, etc.
  2. (military, public service) One of the stars worn on the shoulder of a uniform to denote rank, e.g. of a soldier or a fireman.
  3. A spot; a speck.
  4. A spot of light or an inverted V indicative of a return of radar waves reflected from an object; a blip.
  5. A piece of rhizome with a dormant shoot of the lily of the valley plant, used for propagation
Synonyms: (symbol on playing card etc) spot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To get the better of; to defeat by a narrow margin He led throughout the race but was pipped at the post.
  2. To hit with a gunshot The hunter managed to pip three ducks from his blind.
etymology 4 Imitative.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To peep, to chirp
  2. (avian biology) To make the initial hole during the process of hatching from an egg
etymology 5 Imitative.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{examples-right}}
  1. One of a series of very short, electronically produced tone, used, for example, to count down the final few seconds before a given time or to indicate that a caller using a payphone needs to make further payment if he is to continue his call.
Synonyms: (electronic sound, counting down seconds) stroke
etymology 6 abbreviation of percentage in point
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, currency trading) The smallest price increment between two currencies in foreign exchange (forex) trading.
related terms:
  • pip to the post
  • pip at the post
  • pipsqueak
  • give the pip to, give someone the pip
anagrams:
  • PPI
pipe {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English pipe, from vl *pipa. pronunciation
  • (UK) /pʌɪp/
  • (US) /paɪp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) Wind instrument.
    1. (music) A wind instrument consisting of a tube, often lined with holes to allow for adjustment in pitch, sounded by blowing into the tube. {{defdate}}
    2. (music) A hollow tube used to produce sound in an organ; an organ pipe. {{defdate}}
    3. The key or sound of the voice. {{defdate}} {{rfquotek}}
    4. A high-pitched sound, especially of a bird. {{defdate}}
      • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) the earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
  2. (heading) Hollow conduit.
    1. A rigid tube that transports water, steam{{,}} or other fluid, as used in plumbing and numerous other applications. {{defdate}}
    2. A tubular passageway in the human body; the windpipe, a blood vessel. {{defdate}}
    3. (Australia, colloquial, now historical) An anonymous satire or essay, insulting and frequently libellous, written on a piece of paper which was rolled up and left somewhere public where it could be found and thus spread, to embarrass the author's enemies. {{defdate}}
      • 1818 September 26, Sydney Gazette, on William Bland being convicted of libelling in a pipe, quoted in 2004, Michael Connor (editor), More Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia′s First Newspaper, Vol.2 (Duffy and Snellgrove, ISBN 1-876631-91-0): yet, it is much to be hoped, that from his example pipe-making will in future be reposed solely in the hands of Mr. William Cluer[an earthenware pipe maker] of the Brickfield Hill.
    4. (idiomatic, slang) A man's penis.
      • 2006, Monique A. Williams, Neurotica: an Honest Examination Into Urban Sexual Relations, p.7: He grabs my legs and throws them over his shoulders, putting his big pipe inside me{{nb...}}
      • 2010, Eric Summers, Teammates, p.90: He punctuated his demand with a deep thrust up CJ's hole. His giant pipe drove almost all the way in, pulsing against his fingers beside it.
      • 2011, Mickey Erlach, Gym Buddies & Buff Boys, p.64: He laughed as he knelt down between Duncan's splayed thighs and tore open a packaged condom, then rolled it down over his big fuck-pipe.
  3. (heading) Container.
    1. A large container for storing liquids or foodstuffs; now especially, a vat or cask of wine or cider. {{defdate}}
      • 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’: I said to him — “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day! But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts.”
    2. The contents of such a vessel, as a liquid measure; sometimes set at 126 wine gallons; half a tun. {{defdate}}
      • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p.205: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons.
  4. (heading) Something resembling a tube.
    1. Decorative edging stitched to the hems or seams of an object made of fabric (clothing, hats, pillows, curtains, etc.); often a contrasting color. {{defdate}}
    2. (mining) An elongated or irregular body or vein of ore. {{defdate}}
    3. (geology) A vertical conduit through the Earth's crust below a volcano, through which magma has passed; often filled with volcanic breccia. {{defdate}}
    4. (heading) In computing.
      1. The character {{unsupported}}. {{defdate}}
      2. A mechanism that enables one program to communicate with another by sending its output to the other as input. {{defdate}}
      3. (slang) A data backbone, or broadband Internet access. {{defdate}} exampleA fat pipe is a high-bandwidth connection.
    5. A type of pasta, similar to macaroni.
    6. (lacrosse) One of the goalpost of the goal.
  5. (heading) Smoking implement.
    1. (smoking) A hollow stem with bowl at one end used for smoking, especially a tobacco pipe but also including various other forms such as a water pipe. {{defdate}}
      1. The use of such a pipe for smoking tobacco.
        • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.…In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
    2. (North America, colloquial, now historical) The distance travelled between two rest periods during which one could smoke a pipe. {{defdate}}
hyponyms:
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To convey or transport (something) by means of pipes.
  2. (transitive) To install or configure with pipes.
  3. (intransitive) To play music on a pipe instrument, such as a bagpipe.
  4. (nautical) To signal or order by a note pattern on a bosun's pipe.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To lead or conduct as if by pipes, especially by wired transmission.
  6. (transitive) To decorate with piping.
    • 1998, Merehurst Staff, Nicholas Lodge, Janice Murfitt, Graham Tann, The international school of sugarcraft: Beginners (page 108) This means a quantity of runouts can be made in advance, allowing more time to flat ice and pipe the cake.
  7. (transitive) To dab away moisture from.
    • 1883: , Our chimney was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and piping the eye.
  8. To shout loudly and at high pitch.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2 "Ar-cher! Ja-cob!" Johnny piped after her, pivoting round on his heel
  9. (transitive, computing, chiefly, Unix) To directly feed (the output of one program) as input to another program, indicated by the pipe character at the command line.
  10. To emit or have a shrill sound like that of a pipe; to whistle.
    • Wordsworth oft in the piping shrouds
  11. To become hollow in the process of solidifying; said of an ingot of metal.
pipeclay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. catlinite
Synonyms: pipestone
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To whiten by application of pipeclay.
  2. (slang, dated, UK) To clear off. to pipeclay accounts
pipelayer etymology pipe + layer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who lay conduct pipe in the ground, for water, gas, etc.
  2. (US, politics, slang, dated) A politician who works in secret.
related terms:
  • pipelaying
pip emma etymology From pip + emma in RAF WWI signalese
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (British) form of Expansion: in the afternoon or evening.
related terms:
  • ack emma
pipper etymology PIP + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) A marker indicating the PIP (predicted impact point) on a head-up display.
pip pip
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, colloquial) general greeting, mostly used by the upper classes. Pip pip! What's going on here?
  2. (UK, colloquial) used to create enthusiasm, mostly by the upper classes. Pip pip! Let's get out there and knock the stuffing out of 'em!
Very rarely used in North America, where it is most likely to be considered humorous and is often used in a parody of British English speakers, particularly in Pip pip, cheerio! or Pip pip, old chap!.
pip-pip etymology Imitative of a short, high sound made by a bicycle or car horn.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (UK, informal, dated) goodbye
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pirate {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta, from Ancient Greek πειρατής 〈peiratḗs〉, from πεῖρα 〈peîra〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈpaɪɹɪt/, /ˈpaɪɹət/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A criminal who plunder at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillaging port towns. You should be cautious due to the Somali pirates.
  2. An armed ship or vessel that sails for the purpose of plunder other vessels.
  3. One who breaks intellectual property laws by reproducing protected works without permission
    • 2001, unidentified insider, quoted in John Alderman, Sonic Boom: Napster, MP3, and the New Pioneers of Music, Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0-7382-0777-3, page 178: And Gnutella, Freenet and other pirate tools will offer plunderings beyond Fanning's fantasies.
    • 2004, David Lubar, Dunk, page 20: They had watches that said Gucci or Rolex on them even though it was obvious they'd come straight here from some pirate factory in China.
    • 2008, Martha Vicinus, Caroline Eisner, Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, page 21: If we untangle the claim that technology has turned Johnny Teenager into a pirate, what turns out to be fueling it is the idea that if Johnny Teenager were to share his unauthorized copy with two million of his closest friends the effect on a record company would be pretty similar to the effect of some CD factory's creating two million CDs and selling them cheap.
Synonyms: (one who plunders at sea) buccaneer, corsair, picaroon, privateer, sea rover, (one who breaks intellectual property laws by copying) bootlegger
related terms: {{rel3}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, nautical) To appropriate by piracy, plunder at sea. They pirated the tanker and sailed to a port where they could sell the ship and cargo.
  2. (transitive, intellectual property) To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of
  3. (transitive, intellectual property) To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of Not willing to pay full price for the computer game, Heidi pirated a copy.
    • 2002, John Sayle Watterson, College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy, page 343 In the 1970s cable companies began to pirate some of the football games that the networks had contracted to televise.
    • 2004, Wally Wang, Steal this File Sharing Book: What They Won't Tell You about File Sharing College students, with their limited budgets, often pirate software to save their money for buying more important items (like beer).
    • 2007, Diane Kresh, Council on Library and Information Resources, The Whole Digital Library Handbook, page 85 Many college students now expect to sample, if not outright pirate, movies, music, software, and TV programs.
  4. (intransitive) To engage in piracy. He pirated in the Atlantic for years before becoming a privateer for the Queen.
Synonyms: (appropriate by piracy), (make illegal copy) plagiarize, counterfeit, (engage in piracy)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Illegally imitated or reproduced, said of a well-known trademarked product or work subject to copyright protection and the counterfeit itself.
Synonyms: pirated
pisher etymology Yiddish פּישער 〈ṗyşʻr〉, from פּישן 〈ṗyşn〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) Somebody who is inept at a task or new to a job.
  2. (informal) A young child, usually male.

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