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pest etymology From Middle French peste (=modern French), from Latin pestis pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (originally) A plague, pestilence, epidemic
  2. An annoy, harmful, often destructive creature.
  3. An annoy person.
  4. (British, slang) Someone with poor social discipline who continually bothers uninterested women. Stop being such a pest and leave that girl alone!
Synonyms: (creature) bug
related terms:
  • pester
  • pesthole
  • pesthouse
  • pesticidal, pesticide
  • pestiferous
  • pestilence, pestilent, pestilential
  • pets
  • sept, Sept.
  • step
pester power
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Children's ability to make their parents buy something or do something for them by continually asking until the parents agree to do it.
pestilent etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /pɛstəlɛnt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Highly injurious or destructive to life: deadly.
  2. (informal) Annoying.
  3. (archaic) Harmful to morals or public order.
Synonyms: (harboring disease, annoying) pestiferous
related terms:
  • pest
  • pestiferous
  • pestilential
pet pronunciation
  • /pɛt/
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etymology 1 Attested since the 1500s in the sense "indulged child" and since the 1530s in the sense "animal companion".{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}{{}}{{R:Merriam Webster Online}} From Scots and dialectal Northern English, of unclear origin. Perhaps a back-formation of petty, a term formerly used to describe children and animals (e.g. pet lambs). Alternatively, perhaps a borrowing of Scottish Gaelic peata, from Old Irish petta, peta, of uncertain (possibly pre-Proto-Indo-European) origin.{{cite journal|last=Schrijver|first=Peter|title=Non-Indo-European Surviving in Ireland in the First Millennium AD|journal=Ériu|year=2000|volume=51|pages=195–199|url=}} Compare peat. The verb is derived from the noun.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{ picdic }} {{en-noun}}
  1. An animal kept as a companion.
  2. One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
  3. Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
    • Tatler the love of cronies, pets, and favourites
Synonyms: companion animal
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To stroke or fondle (an animal).
  2. (transitive, informal) To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
  3. (intransitive, informal) Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
  4. (dated, transitive) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge. His daughter was petted and spoiled.
  5. (archaic, intransitive) To be a pet. {{rfquotek}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Favourite; cherished. a pet child a pet theory
    • F. Harrison Some young lady's pet curate.
etymology 2 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 105: There was something ludicrous, even more, unbecoming a gentleman, in leaving a friend's house in a pet, with the host's reproaches sounding in his ears, to be matched only by the bitterness of the guest's sneering retorts.
etymology 3 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. abbreviation of petition
etymology 4 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie) A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.
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peter pronunciation
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etymology 1 US, 1902, presumably from shared initial pe-.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (hypocoristic slang) The penis.
etymology 2 1812, US miners’ slang, unknown. Various speculative etymologies have been suggested.{{R:Phrase Finder|peter-out|peter out}}[ ami: origin of “peter out”][ Take Our Word For It #117]''A Hog On Ice & Other Curious Expressions,'' Charles Funk, 1948. One suggestion is that it comes from peter being an abbreviation of saltpeter, the key ingredient in gunpowder – when a mine was exhausted, it was “petered”. Other derivations are from St. Peter (from sense of “rock”), or French péter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (most often used in the phrase peter out) To dwindle; to trail off; to diminish to nothing.
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Originally used independently, today most often used in the derived phrase peter out.
Peter Funk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, archaic) A shill bidder at an auction.
etymology 1 peter ‘17th century slang for a safe, cash box’ + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a safebreaker
etymology 2 after the apostle Peter, a fisherman
noun: {{head}}
  1. a fisherman
  2. a fishing boat with identical bow and stern.
  • pentamer
  • permeant
peter puffer etymology From peter and puff.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A male homosexual.
Synonyms: See also
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of peter; penises.
    • 1997: Shelby Scates, Warren G. Magnuson and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century America You smile, act polite, shake their hands, then cut off their peters and put them in your pocket.” “Yes, Mr. President,” answered O'Brien.
    • 1998: Michael Robert Gorman, The Empress Is a Man: Stories from the Life of Jose Sarria ... and you were there, and they acted like you weren't even born yet?' "I'd say, 'Yes, their memories are as long as their peters.'"
    • 2002: Celia H Miles, Mattie's Girl: An Appalachian Childhood “It's to put on their peters when they don't want to make babies,” she said.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of peter
  • pester
  • preset, pre-set
petroholic etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who uses more petrol than necessary.
    • 1991, David Ross Brower, Work in progress We're a nation of petroholics, lurching around the globe like a drunk with a hand grenade staggering through a nursery, yet the cure the President offers is more smart bombs and an energy program that's nothing more than drill, burn...
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petrolhead etymology From petrol + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (figuratively) A person who is overly reliant on the use of their car, resisting any suggestion to use other means of transport.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, derogatory) A bogan who is overly fond of his car or motorbike and enjoys showing it off and making noise with it.
    • 2000, Chris Baker, Kokopu Dreams, Huia Publishers, New Zealand, [http//|%22petrolheads%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7fvWT6XDAomjiAeB8bioAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrolhead%22|%22petrolheads%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 87], There were four of them, old-style petrolheads, with greasy jeans and leather jackets. Each had a rifle trained on the pair. They looked barely out of their teens.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand) A person involved in motor racing either as participant or dedicated spectator.
  4. (UK) A car enthusiast.
    • 2004, Roger Austin Learmonth, Petrolhead: The Life and Times of a Classic Car Buff, ISBN 9781899870714.
    • 2009, Stuart Prebble, Grumpy Old Drivers: The Official Handbook, [http//|%22petrolheads%22+-intitle:%22petrol%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7fvWT6XDAomjiAeB8bioAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22petrolhead%22|%22petrolheads%22%20-intitle%3A%22petrol%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], In the early years it[] had been very much a series for people I believe are known by the curiously unappealing term ‘petrolheads’. Since most petrolheads are probably out in the evenings, burning up the rubber or the tarmac or whatever it is that petrolheads do, the show had a fairly limited audience.
Synonyms: (person overly reliant on use of his/her car), (bogan overly fond of his/her vehicle), (person involved in motor racing) revhead, (car enthusiast)
petrol sniffer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mildly, pejorative) One who sniffs petrol.
  2. (pejorative) Term for Aboriginal. He was a petrol sniffer.
pet the kitty
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, of a female) To masturbate.
    • 2000, Susan Block, The 10 Commandments of Pleasure: Erotic Keys to a Healthy Sex Life, Souvenir Press (2011), ISBN 9780285640023, unnumbered page: Once you've got her "petting the kitty," watch her carefully, very carefully, not just for your own excitement—though it is, of course, very exciting—but to see how she likes to be touched.
    • 2005, Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Plural Loves: Designs for Bi and Poly Living, Harrington Park Press (2005), ISBN 9781560232926, page 160: What would happen to all the holidays that bring families together once people discover they'd rather stay home and pet the kitty or spank the monkey?
    • 2007, Jamye Waxman, Getting Off: A Woman's Guide to Masturbation, Seal Press (2007), ISBN 9781580052191, page 215: Of the 40 percent of wankettes, only one in ten admitted to petting the kitty weekly.
Synonyms: See also .
petulant etymology From Middle French, from Latin petulans, akin to petere. pronunciation
  • /ˈpɛtʃələnt/, /ˈpɛtjələnt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. childish irritable Lack of sleep is causing Dave's recent petulant behavior.
  2. (obsolete) forward; pert; insolent; wanton. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: huffy, snappish, irritable, grouchy, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, crabby
  • easygoing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) alternative spelling of faff
    • 2004, Chris Ward, The controversial Sämisch King's Indian, p81 By my own admission I pfaffed around a bit here but I'm going to claim that I was merely enjoying the moment!
    • 26 Sep 2005 -- BBC News, England Atlantic slow row coming to end Mr Hicks wrote on his website: "At dusk the rudder cable broke At dusk the rudder cable broke. "Six hours pfaffing about in the dark and heaving sea saw a fairly unsatisfactory makeshift steering system into place"
Pfizer riser etymology
  • From the name of its manufacturer , and its use to treat erectile dysfunction.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) the drug marketed as Viagra
Alternative forms: Pfizer-riser, Pfizer Riser
PG etymology Initialism.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Suitable for viewing, reading, or listening, by minors.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, US) Parental Guidance (used to rate motion pictures that may be viewed by minors at their parents' discretion)
  2. (chiefly UK) Paying guest.
  3. (basketball) Point guard.
  4. (slang) Paregoric.
    • 1948, William S. Burroughs, letter, 30 Nov 1948: Taking along a pint of P.G. and a large supply of goof balls to taper off.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. initialism of Proto-Germanic
  • GP
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) phacoemulsification
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of phall
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, botany) phalaenopsis
phalaenopsis etymology From the genus name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (botany) Any of the genus Phalaenopsis of moth orchid.
Synonyms: phal (informal)
Phan Alternative forms: phan etymology Blend of Phish and fan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the American rock band Phish.
    • 2000, "Eclectic crowd catches Phish", The Washington Times, 23 September 2000: Phish "phans" compile set lists, take notes on performances and tape-record everything from a section designated for them at each show.
    • 2006, "Wanna try the meaning of life?", Oakland Tribune, 9 July 2006: But none were as crazy as this one -- when Phish's tie-dyed "Phans" danced in the aisles, sang along to the music and generally created a scene that recalled the Grateful Dead's glory daze.
    • 2012, Jim Harrington, "Review: Phish closes SF stand on legendary note", Contra Costa Times, 20 August 2012: It was the type of evening -- an entirely mesmerizing and moving two-set concert filled with superb musicianship and incredible improvisation -- that made the undying devotion of the "phans" seem quite logical.
Synonyms: Phishhead
phantomize etymology phantom + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dated, derogatory) To make phantom-like or spiritual, or transport into a ghostly realm.
  2. (transitive, sciences) To remove (a goal in a model) from consideration by ensuring it is achieved in advance.
related terms:
  • phantomization
phase {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Dutch phasis, from Ancient Greek φάσις 〈phásis〉, from φάειν 〈pháein〉; compare phantasm and see face. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /feɪz/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A distinguishable part of a sequence or cycle occurring over time.
  2. That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
  3. Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view. The problem has many phases.
  4. (astronomy) A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form, or the absence, of its enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets. Illustrated in .
  5. (physics) Any one point or portion in a recurring series of change, as in the changes of motion of one of the particles constituting a wave or vibration; one portion of a series of such changes, in distinction from a contrasted portion, as the portion on one side of a position of equilibrium, in contrast with that on the opposite side.
  6. (chemistry) A component in a material system that is distinguished by chemical composition and/or physical state (solid, liquid or gas) and/or crystal structure. It is delineated from an adjoining phase by an abrupt change in one or more of those conditions.
  7. (zoology) In certain organism, one of two or more colour variations characteristic of the species, but independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual differences, and often also of age.
  8. (rugby union) The period of play between consecutive breakdown.
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  9. (genetics) A haplotype.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (with in or out) To begin—if construed with "in"—or to discontinue—if construed with out—(doing) something over a period of time (i.e. in phases). The use of the obsolete machines was gradually phased out as the new models were phased in.
  2. archaic form of faze{{R:Brians 2008|faze|Faze/Phase}}
  3. (genetics, informal, transitive) To determine haplotypes in (data) when genotypes are known.
  4. To pass into or through a solid object.
    • Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution, Hybrid Architectures and the Paradox of Unfolding, P. Lunenfeld, “Anyone who has lost their way in cyberspace—realizing they have just phased into what they had previously categorized as 'solid' matter—will understand this example.”, page 443, 1997, 0080534848
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: Shockwave, Paul Ruditis, page 100, “Archer took a deep breath and, steeling himself for the bizarre experience, carefully walked to the bulkhead and phased through.”, 0743464567, 2004
    • 2011, page 93, “Intangible or invisible objects in comic books are often drawn with a dotted line. When Kitty Pryde of the X-Men phases through objects, she's drawn that way, and Wonder Woman's invisible plan [sic] used to be drawn that way as well.”, Timothy Callahan, 1466343354, Grant Morrison: The Early Years
See notes at faze.
etymology 2 From Latin phase, Phasa, from Hebrew פָּסַח 〈pá̇saẖ〉. Alternative forms: Phase
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Passover
  • ephas
  • heaps
  • shape
phat etymology The term derives from African American Vernacular English as a deliberate misspelling of the word fat. pronunciation
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adjective: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) excellent
  2. (slang) sexy
  3. (slang, music) rich in texture, prominent The song has a phat bass line.
Synonyms: (slang: excellent) cool (slang), excellent, fab (dated slang), rad (dated slang), super, wicked (slang), (slang: sexy) foxy (slang), hot (slang), (in music: rich in texture, prominent) prominent, rocking (slang), juicy
  • path
  • Ptah
phatness etymology phat + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, music) Fullness, richness, body.
    • 2013, Chris Buono, The Guitarist's Guide to Line 6 Studio Tools, Cenage (2013), ISBN 9781435460447, page 196: Once you experience the phatness a bass amp can inject into a signal, {{…}}
    • 2013, Exquisite Corpse, or, How Not to Kill Your Neighbours, Blackfriars (2013), ISBN 9780349140124, unnumbered page: He's always telling Beth about the enormity of his next gig and the extraordinary phatness of his latest beats, and to be fair he can drop a good tune.
    • 2015, Ian Corbett, Mic It!: Microphones, Microphone Techniques, and Their Impact on the Final Mix, Focal Press (2015), ISBN 9780415823777, page 76: But if a sound source is a little thin, and needs some warmth, body, or “phatness,” a tube mic could provide useful “sonic makeup.”
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adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) en-comparative of phat
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) en-superlative of phat
PHB etymology After the character in Scott Adams' comic strip.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) , an incompetent micromanager.
    • 2001, "John Imrie", my variables in foreach loops (on Internet newsgroup comp.lang.perl.moderated) I know this. Which is why I use it. However proving it to my PHB is a diffrent {{SIC}} matter :-)
    • 2002, Gardner Dozois, Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future ...identically dressed in blue three-piece suits, hung around accosting visitors with annoyingly impenetrable PHB marketroid jargon...
  • bhp, BPH
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, uncountable) The drug phenobarbital or phenobarbitone.
  2. (informal, countable) A tablet of the drug.
phenomenal Alternative forms: phænomenal (archaic) etymology phenomenon + al
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Very remarkable; highly extraordinary; amazing.
  2. (scientific) Perceptible by the senses through immediate experience.
  3. (philosophy) Of or pertaining to the appearance of the world, as opposed to the ultimate nature of the world as it is in itself.
Synonyms: (very remarkable) awesome (slang)
Phi Bete
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, singulare tantum) The
  2. (informal, countable) A member of that society.
philanthropoid etymology philanthropy + oid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An administrative employee at a philanthropic organisation.
    • 1967, Warren Weaver, George Wells Beadle, U.S. philanthropic foundations The philanthropoid needs intelligence, imagination, flexibility, and a large streak of unselfishness.
    • 1983, Rael Jean Isaac, Erich Isaac, The coercive utopians: social deception by America's power players (page 206) I'm not playing the role of the hard-headed tycoon who thinks all philanthropoids are Socialists and all university professors are Communists.
Philly pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɪl.i/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Philadelphia.
Philly fade
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A hairstyle where the side are fade at the temple.
Philly roll
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Philadelphia roll
philosophe {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. any of the leading philosopher or intellectual of the 18th century French Enlightenment.
  2. (pejorative) an incompetent philosopher; a philosophaster.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A philosopher, a person who writes or reasons in philosophy.
  2. (pejorative) A person who creates superficial arguments or offers meaningless solutions, instead of practical ones.
related terms:
  • philosopher
  • philosophize
  • philosophizing
  • philosophy
philtrum moustache
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) mustache that covers a philtrum.
Synonyms: Charlie Chaplin mustache (informal), Hitler mustache (informal), toothbrush mustache (informal)
Phishhead etymology Phish + -head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the American rock band Phish.
Synonyms: Phan
phishing etymology Respelling of fishing. In Usenet newsgroups, cracker and pirate groups used variant spellings of phish and warez (i.e. wares) to evade scans and filters by mainstream servers policing the ARPAnet/Internet. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪʃɪŋ/
Homophones: fishing
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noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (computing) The act of sending email that falsely claims to be from a legitimate organization. This is usually combined with a threat or request for information: for example, that an account will close, a balance is due, or information is missing from an account. The email will ask the recipient to supply confidential information, such as bank account details, PIN or password; these details are then used by the owners of the website to conduct fraud.
  2. The act of circumvent security with an alias.
Synonyms: spoofing
related terms:
  • phish
  • phisher
  • spearphishing
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of phish
phiz etymology {{short for}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, colloquial) The face.
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Synonyms: phizog
phizog etymology From physiognomy. Alternative forms: fizzog, phisog, phizzog, physog, phyzog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) The face
Synonyms: phiz
Phoenix City {{wikipedia}} etymology From the cmn Chinese nickname 鳳凰城 〈fèng huáng chéng〉 for Tainan
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) {{altname}}
phone home
verb: to phone home {{wikipedia}}
  1. (intransitive, literally) To make a telephone call to one's home.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To contact a remote service for instructions, identification, etc. The software phones home once a week to check for updates.
  • homophene
phone monkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A receptionist or secretary charged with receiving or vetting phone call.
phone number
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A telephone number.
phonicator pronunciation fon-i-ka-ter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, slang, sometimes, derogatory) An educator who champions the use of phonics instruction as a method of beginning or remedial reading instruction, often used as a self-referent. I'm a phonicator, and proud of it! Those phonicators are going to take the joy out of learning how to read.
phony-baloney Alternative forms: phoney-baloney
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) fake; fraudulent
etymology 1 Coined by André Blondel in 1921. See photo-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A photometric unit of illuminance, or luminous flux through an area (symbol ph).
etymology 2 Shortening of photograph pronunciation
  • (UK) /fɒt/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) to photograph
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photo pronunciation
  • (UK) [ˈfəʊtəʊ]
  • (US) [ˈfoʊɾoʊ]
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etymology Shortened form of photograph
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Photograph.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To take a photograph.
    • [1956] 1992 ed., The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter What fun to be photoed together, / What luck for a break so opportune. / Oh, what a lark / To be posed in the park / Underneath the adolescent crescent of the moon.
    • 1998, Hans Schmidt, Maverick Marine He even had himself photoed helping to hold one of the fire-hose.
    • 2000, Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet Always photoing exits. What are all these ways out but rehearsals for his own?
photog etymology Shortening of photographer. pronunciation {{rfp}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A photographer, especially a professional one.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The condition of being photogenic
photoholic etymology photo + holic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A keen photographer.
PHPer etymology PHP + er pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, computing) A user of the PHP programming language.
phrasemonger etymology phrase + monger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who uses overelaborate or wordy phrase.
    • 1837, Capel Lofft, Self-formation: or, The history of an individual mind (page 204) I was a true phrasemonger. I could not say a plain thing in a plain way. Simplicity, that one sure feature of truth, was to me sheer silliness.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of funky
phwoar etymology Imitative of the sound made, with the mouth initially partly closed and then opened wide. pronunciation
  • (UK) /fwɔː(ɹ)/
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, slang) Expresses sexual desire on seeing a person that one is attracted to. That Emma Watson, phwoar!
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phylogeny {{wikipedia}} etymology {{confix}} pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (systematics) The evolutionary history of groups of organism, such as species or clade.
  2. (systematics, informal) A phylogenetic diagram.
  3. The historical development of a human social or racial group. Understanding the phylogeny of this musical group helps us understand its music.
  4. The historical development of any thing, idea, etc.
    • 2010, The Journey of Child Development (ISBN 0203856856): Indeed, in a recent review article, Mithen (2009) traces the phylogeny of human communication …
Synonyms: phylogenesis
related terms:
  • phylogenetics
  • phylogenic
physical education
noun: {{en-noun}} (Abbreviated as: PE or phys ed)
  1. An element of an educational curriculum concerned with bodily development, strength, physical co-ordination, and agility. The physical education instructor also served as the coach of the track team.
physicker etymology physic + -k- + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, colloquial or dialect) A physician; a doctor.
physics-ly etymology physics + -ly, to distinguish from physically
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) According to or using physics.
    • 2004 Ben Tsou and Kevin Wayne, Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Hard Spheres Physics-ly inclined students are encouraged to derive the equations from first principles; the rest of you may keep reading.
    • 2009 Rhett Allain Fight Science = Bad Science How do you physics-ly determine which fighting style has the most awesome kick?
physio etymology Abbreviations. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪzɪəʊ/
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  1. (colloquial) A physiotherapist.
  2. (colloquial, uncountable) Physiotherapy.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{en-abbr}}
  1. Piauí, a state of Brazil.
  • IP
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. initialism of partial induction see AI
  2. initialism of personal injury
  3. initialism of politically incorrect see PC
  4. initialism of principal investigator lead researcher on a grant-funded project
  5. initialism of Prison Industries the prison-run work program for inmates
  6. initialism of private investigator
  7. (electronics) initialism of power integrity
  8. (organic compound) initialism of polyimide
  9. (Philippines, colloquial) initialism of the Philippines PI standing for Philippine Islands exampleWe're going back to the PI for a vacation this summer.
  10. (informatics, SGML, XML) initialism of Processing Instruction
piano keys
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of piano key
  2. (aviation, slang) The large white stripe section at the ends of a runway, used as a landing aiming point and as a distance indicator.
pic pronunciation
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etymology 1 Apocope of picture
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A picture, especially a photographic image.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Turkish cloth measure, varying from 18 to 28 inch.
  • CIP
  • cpi, CPI
  • IPC
  • PCI
piccanin etymology Portuguese: pequeno: small + ino (diminutive suffex).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South African) (derogatory, ethnic slur) A small (usually black) child; a tot; a toddler.
    • 1964. Credo Vusa'mazulu Mutwa: Indaba, My Children. This edition 1999. Grove Press ISBN 0802136044 Page 667.
The piccanin stands at the gate. There are tears in his eyes and hunger in his belly. He is puzzled and scared by what he saw happening the previous night in the place he knows as home. His mother and father had quarreled and he had been awakened by the noise. He had seen his father hit his mother with the ‘thing-that-chops-wood’ and he had seen his mother fall. The word is commonly used in Australia, where it is not pejorative.
piccy pronunciation
  • /pɪki/
{{rhymes}} {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) picture
    • 1991, Matt Bielby, Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (video game review) in Your Sinclair issue 61, January 1991 … the first player views the action from immediately behind his car through the letterbox-shaped slot at the top, while player two uses the bottom half of the screen. (When there's only one player the bottom half gets filled up by a nice big piccy of the car.)
Synonyms: pic (colloquial)
pickaninny Alternative forms: piccaninny, picaninny, picinniny, pikinini etymology From Spanish pequeño, or Portuguese pequeno{{R:Online_Etymology_Dictionary}} or pequeninoEncyclopædia Britannica, 1911. [ædia_Britannica/Piccaninny]
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory) a black child
  • Bislama: pikinini
  • Kriol: biginini
  • Pijin: pikinini
  • Torres Strait Creole: biginini
  • Tok Pisin: pikinini
picker etymology pick + er pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of pick; one who picks. exampleThe apple picker climbed the tree.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.”
  2. (computing, graphical user interface) Any user interface control that select something. examplea date picker
  3. (engineering) A machine for pick fibrous material to pieces so as to loosen and separate the fibre.
  4. (weaving) The piece in a loom that strikes the end of the shuttle and impel it through the warp.
  5. (military) A priming wire for cleaning the vent, in ordnance.
  6. (slang, gold panning) A fragment of gold smaller than a nugget but large enough to be picked up.
picker-up Alternative forms: (colloquial) picker-upper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person employed on a shoot to pick up dead game.
  2. (colloquial) A person who picks things up.
picker-upper Alternative forms: picker-up etymology pick up + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person who picks things up.
  2. (colloquial) A tool used to picks things up.
Synonyms: (tool) grabber, (tool) grabber-reacher
pickle pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪkl̩/
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etymology 1 From Middle English pikel, pykyl, pekille, pigell, from Middle Dutch pekel. Cognate with Scots pikkill, Saterland Frisian pekel, päkel, Dutch pekel, Low German pekel, peckel, pickel, bickel, German Pökel. Alternative forms: pickel (obsolete and rare)
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  1. A cucumber preserved in a solution, usually a brine or a vinegar syrup. A pickle goes well with a hamburger.
  2. (Often in plural: pickles), any vegetable preserved in vinegar and consumed as relish.
  3. The brine used for preserving food. This tub is filled with the pickle that we will put the small cucumbers into.
  4. A difficult situation, peril. The climber found himself in a pickle when one of the rocks broke off.
    • 1955', , "Die Like a Dog", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 194: I beg you, Miss Jones, to realize the pickle you're in.
  5. A small or indefinite quantity or amount (of something); a little, a bit, a few. Usu. in partitive construction, freq. without /of/; a single grain or kernel of wheat, barley, oats, sand or dust.
  6. An affectionate term for a mildly mischievous loved one
    • Polly Stubbs, Nursery times; or, Stories about the little ones, by an old nurse, page 143, 1867, “by degrees my little pickle (who, as I told you at the beginning of the story, was the most troublesome child I ever came across) turned into a very well-behaved young gentleman.”
    • Great Britain for little Britons‎, page 116, Eleanor A. Bulley, 1885, “... If you could get my little pickle to learn his multiplication table before you leave us, you shall have that musical box to take home with you.”
    • Morning's at seven‎, page 43, Eric Malpass, 1965, “'And now,' she said, 'what about that kiss my little pickle was going to give his old Auntie?'”
  7. (baseball) A rundown. Jones was caught in a pickle between second and third.
  8. A children’s game with three participants that emulates a baseball rundown The boys played pickle in the front yard for an hour.
  9. (slang) A penis.
  10. (slang) A pipe for smoking methamphetamine. Load some shards in that pickle.
  11. (metalworking) A bath of dilute sulphuric or nitric acid, etc., to remove burnt sand, scale, rust, etc., from the surface of casting, or other articles of metal, or to brighten them or improve their colour.
  12. In an optical landing system, the hand-held controller connected to the lens, or apparatus on which the light are mounted.
Synonyms: (penis) See also
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  1. To preserve food in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution. We pickled the remainder of the crop.
  2. To remove high-temperature scale and oxidation from metal with heated (often sulphuric) industrial acid. The crew will pickle the fittings in the morning.
  3. (programming) (in the Python programming language) To serialize.
    • 2005, Peter Norton et al, Beginning Python You can now restore the pickled data. If you like, close your Python interpreter and open a new instance, to convince yourself...
    • 2008, Marty Alchin, Pro Django To illustrate how this would work in practice, consider a field designed to store and retrieve a pickled copy of any arbitrary Python object.
etymology 2 Perhaps from Scottish pickle 'to trifle, pilfer'
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) A kernel, grain
  2. (Scotland) A bit, small quantity
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  1. en-past of pickle
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  1. Preserved by pickling.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “But Richmond…appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw…that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.”
  2. (slang) Drunk.
picklehead etymology pickle + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a foolish person.
    • 1989, Jim Sleeper, In search of New York‎ ...had to deal with Reagan's gang and even with a picklehead like Senator D'Amato...
    • 1994, Richard Scheinin, Field of screams: the dark underside of America's national pastime "Right at that thick picklehead skull of yours," he shouted, and did it again.
pick one's nose
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  1. (idiomatic) To insert a finger or other object into one's nostril to remove obstructions, especially dried mucus. You can pick your friends; you can pick your nose; but you can't pick your friends' noses.
related terms:
  • nose-pick
  • nose-picker
  • nose-picking
pickpocket Alternative forms: pick-pocket etymology From pick + pocket. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɪkpɒkɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who steal from the pocket of a passerby, usually by sleight of hand.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To pick pockets; to steal.
pick up
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  1. (transitive) To lift; to grasp and raise. exampleWhen you pick up the bag, make sure to support the bottom.
  2. (transitive, ) To collect an object, especially in passing. exampleCan you pick up a pint of milk on your way home?
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal.{{nb...}}"
  3. (transitive or intransitive) To clean up; to return to an organized state. exampleAren't you going to pick up after yourself?
    • 1967, Beverly Cleary, Mitch and Amy, 2009 edition, ISBN 9780688108069, p.28: The floor was strewn with bright snips of origami paper, a crumpled drawing, and one dirty sock, which Amy now shoved under the bed with her foot. ¶ "You're lucky," said Marla. "My mother makes me pick up my room every single day."
  4. (transitive) To collect a passenger. exampleI'll pick you up outside the library.
  5. (transitive) To collect and detain (a suspect). exampleThe cops have picked up the man they were looking for.
  6. (intransitive) To improve, increase{{,}} or speed up. examplePrices seem to be picking up again.  I was in bed sick this morning, but I'm picking up now.
  7. (intransitive) To restart or resume. exampleLet's pick up where we left off yesterday.
    • 2012 July 18, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises Picking up eight years after The Dark Knight left off, the film finds Gotham enjoying a tenuous peace based on Harvey Dent’s moral ideals rather than the ugly truth of his demise.
  8. (transitive) To learn, to grasp; to begin to understand. exampleIt looks complicated, but you'll soon pick it up.
  9. (transitive) To receive (a radio signal or the like). exampleWith the new antenna, I can pick up stations all the way from Omaha.
  10. (transitive and intransitive with on, by extension) To notice, detect or discern, often used with "on". exampleDid you pick up his nervousness?  Did you pick up on his nervousness?
  11. (transitive) To point out (a person's behaviour, habits{{,}} or actions) in a critical manner. exampleShe's always picking me up on my grammar.
  12. (transitive and intransitive with on) To meet and seduce somebody for romantic purposes, especially in a social situation. exampleHe was in the fabric store not to buy fabric but to pick up women.  She could tell he intended to pick up on her.  {{nowrap}} pick up at the party {{nowrap}}
  13. (transitive or intransitive) To answer a telephone. See pick up the phone. exampleI'm calling him, but he just isn't picking up!
  14. To pay for. exampleThe company will pick up lunch with customers for sales calls.
  15. To reduce the despondency of.
    • 1973 (released 1974), Lynard Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama …they pick me up when I'm feeling blue
  16. To take control (physically) of something.
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  17. (soccer) To mark, to defend against an opposition player by following them closely.
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  18. To record, to notch up.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) alternative form of pickup
pickupable etymology pick up + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Capable of being picked up.
pick-up line
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vocal introduction intend to garner sexual interest from a stranger. Freddie has a new pick-up line for every girl he meets in the bar, but he always goes home alone.
Alternative forms: pickup line, Danish: da, Finnish: fi, (colloquial) fi, French: fr, Icelandic: is, is, is, Portuguese: pt, Serbo-Croatian: sh, sh, Spanish: (Argentina) es
pickup truck {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, North America) A light truck with an open cargo bed.
  • Japanese: ピックアップトラック 〈pikkuapputorakku〉
picky pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Fussy; particular; demanding to have things just right. I am very picky about the way my kitchen works.
Synonyms: fussy, particular, anal retentive, finicky, pedantic, choosy, See also
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  1. (informal) A picture.
    • 1988 , , Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 44 And who knows, I might do a few pickies of you - fully clothed, needless to say.
Alternative forms: piccySynonyms: pic
picky head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Caribbean, derogatory) A person with short, curly, thin hair.
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  1. (humorous) acronym of problem in chair, not in computer (or person in chair, not in computer); states that the problem was not in the computer but was instead caused by the user operating it.
    • Claire Heald, Let's help to herd the dinosaurs , version of 7 November 2006
    • Inspiration also comes from the workers who take care of the workers. Ever reported a picnic error to the IT helpdesk? No? Well they're logging them. It stands for a problem in chair, not in computer error among hapless colleagues.
  • Most commonly used among experts diagnosing a problem.
picnicky etymology picnic + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) picniclike
picture etymology From Middle English pycture, from Old French picture, from Latin pictūra, from pingō. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈpɪktʃə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈpɪk(t)ʃɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, by drawing, painting, printing, photography, etc.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out.{{nb...}}. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
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  2. An image; a representation as in the imagination.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) My eyes make pictures when they are shut.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,…a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 2007, The Workers' Republic Prior to seeing him and meeting him, and hearing him speak, I had conjured up a picture of him in my mind, which actual contact with him proved to be an illusion. I had conceived of him…as being tall, commanding, and as the advance notices of him, a sliver-tongued orator. I found him, however, to be the opposite of my mental picture; short, squat, unpretentious{{nb...}}.
  3. A painting. exampleThere was a picture hanging above the fireplace.
  4. A photograph. exampleI took a picture of the church.
  5. (informal) A motion picture. exampleCasablanca ''is my all-time favorite picture.
  6. (dated, informal) ("the pictures") Cinema (as a form of entertainment). exampleLet's go to the pictures.
  7. A paragon, a perfect example or specimen (of a category). exampleShe's the very picture of health.
  8. The art of painting; representation by painting.
    • Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) any well-expressed image…either in picture or sculpture
  9. A figure; a model.
    • James Howell (c.1594–1666) the young king's picture…in virgin wax
  10. Situation. The employment picture for the older middle class is not so good. You can just look at the election, you've got to look at the big picture.
Synonyms: (representation as in the imagination) image
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To represent in or with a picture.
    • Dynamically oriented art therapy, page 154, Margaret Naumburg, 1966, “What is striking about the self portrait is that the patient had pictured herself as a much younger woman”
    • Pale Fire, page 130, Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, 1962, “while upon the shaded top of the box, drawn in perspective, the artist had pictured a plate with the beautifully executed, twin-lobed, brainlike, halved kernel of a walnut.”
    • Scripts, grooves, and writing machines, page 107, Lisa Gitelman, 1999, “Anyone "skilled in the art" could see from their language that Lemp and Wightman had not invented or patented the invention their draftsman had pictured.”
  2. (transitive) To imagine or envision.
    • 1967, , , , released on , Picture yourself on a boat on a river / With tangerine trees and marmalade skies,
  3. (transitive) To depict.
    • Thinking about art‎, page 252, Edmund Burke Feldman, 1985, “Drawing is picturing people, places, and things with line.”
    • The great art of the early Australians, page 490, Jan Jelínek, 1989, “Many rock paintings picture various species of fish.”
    • The everything drawing book, page 75, Helen South, 2004, “The sketch pictured here takes in the whole scene.”
related terms:
  • depict
  • depiction
  • pictorial
  • {{rank}}
  • cuprite
picture-skew etymology A deliberately-mispronounced respelling of picturesque, for humorous effect. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɪkt͡ʃəˌskjuː/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) alternative form of picturesque
    • 1926: Florence Nelson & C F Scheer, Safety education (Education Division, National Safety Council), page 22: However, in a broad-brimmed hat And frilly dress, she figured that She looked quite sweet and picture-skew, When seated in a green canoe.
    • 1943: James Styles, The Soul of the Universe, and Other Poems (New Method Ptg. Co.), page 12: This was their first trip on this road. That they were thrilled, their faces showed. One of them oft admired the view, Exclaiming, “Ain’t that picture-skew”!
    • 1945: New statesman: The Week-end Review (Statesman and Nation Publishing), page 31: Cheap-looking, true — but picture-skew — my Kots will stretch for miles in […]
    • 1958: George Smith, The Cornhill Magazine (Smith, Elder and co.), volume 170, issues 1,015–1,020, page 333: {1} “… I thought it was out of date to like things to be picture-skew,” Peter said, … {2} Picture-skew; a bit of tout droit; carry on, Jeeves; the horrible puns …
    • 2005: Philip Hart, The Flight of the Mystic Owls (Kessinger Publishing), page 184: “… We’ll get the elk and the deer and the rocks in our own picture-skew way, won’t we, Ron?” “If you mean ‘picturesque’ I’d say that you are quite right. …”
picturesque Alternative forms: picture-skew (humorous) etymology picture + esque, from Italian pittoresco, from pittura; see picture. pronunciation
  • /pɪktʃəˈɹɛsk/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling or worthy of a picture or painting; having the qualities of a picture or painting. scenic We looked down onto a beautiful, picturesque sunset over the ocean.
    • 1900, , , Chapter I, A two minutes' walk brought Warwick--the name he had registered under, and as we shall call him--to the market-house, the central feature of Patesville, from both the commercial and the picturesque points of view.
Synonyms: quaint
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piddle etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, euphemistic, slang) An act of urination.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, euphemistic, slang) To urinate.
  2. To waste time; often used as a euphemism for piss and followed by away. He piddled away three hours at the bus station waiting for Gabe to show up.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • widdle
piddly etymology From piddling pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈpɪ, /ˈpɪd.əl.i/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Small, inconsequential, or not worth spending time on. Why play those piddly penny slots when you can win big time at the roulette wheel, man?
Synonyms: See "" entry at
pidge etymology Phonetic shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pigeonhole.
    • 2014, Emerald Fennell, Shiverton Hall: The Creeper (page 114) Toynbee examined the book with interest. 'He said it was put in your pidge?' he said.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, transitive) To post (something) in a pigeonhole. Please pidge your completed application form to the society president.
  • Associated with Oxford University.
pie {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of pastry that consists of an outer crust and a filling. The family had steak and kidney pie for dinner and cherry pie for dessert.
  2. Any of various other, non-pastry dishes that maintain the general concept of a shell with a filling. Shepherd's pie is made of mince covered with mashed potato.
  3. (Northeastern US) Pizza.
  4. (figuratively) The whole of a wealth or resource, to be divided in parts.
    • It is easier to get along when everyone, more or less, is getting ahead. But when the pie is shrinking, social groups are more likely to turn on each other. — , Why It’s Time to Worry, Newsweek 2010-12-04
  5. (letterpress) A disorderly mess of spilt type.
  6. (cricket) An especially badly bowl ball.
  7. (pejorative) a gluttonous person.
  8. A pie chart.
    • 1986, Carolyn Sorensen, ‎Henry J. Stock, Department of Education Computer Graphics Guide (page 8) Pies are best for comparing the components of only one or two totals.
  9. (slang) The vulva.
    • 1981, William Kotzwinkle, Jack in the Box "Yeah, take it off!" "SHOW US YOUR PIE!" The brunette opened the catch on her G-string and let the sequinned cloth slip down, teasing them with it.
    • 2010, W. A. Moltinghorne, Magnolia Park (page 238) Yeah, some guys like to eat the old hairy pie. Women, too, or so I've heard.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To hit in the face with a pie, either for comic effect or as a means of protest (see also pieing). I'd like to see someone pie the chairman of the board.
  2. (transitive) To go around (a corner) in a guarded manner.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Old French pie, from Latin pica, feminine of picus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Magpie.
etymology 3 Borrowing from Hindi पाई, from Sanskrit पादिका 〈pādikā〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) The smallest unit of currency in South Asia, equivalent to 1/192 of a rupee or 1/12 of an anna.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes’, The Phantom ’Rickshaw and Other Tales, Folio Society 2005, page 117: I gave him all the money in my possession, Rs.9.8.5. – nine rupees, eight annas, and five pie – for I always keep small change as bakshish when I am in camp.
  • EIP, ipe, ipé, PEI
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A union official who is on the side of the boss rather than that of the worker.
    • 1989, Milt Felsen, The Anti-Warrior: A Memoir (page 133) "Piecards!" said Jackie. "They've become sell-out, fuckin' piecards. Corrupt bureaucrats."
    • 1999, Mike Davis, Prisoners of the American Dream (page 267) Although crusty old piecards knew that Kirkland (whom A.H. Raskin apotheosized as 'a leader of supreme intelligence') was really an emperor without clothes, a discreet, bureaucratic silence froze the doubts and suspicions …
piece Alternative forms: peece (obsolete) etymology Middle English pece, peece, peice, from Old French piece, from ll petia, pettia, possibly from Gaulish *pettyā‎ 〈*pettyā‎〉, from Proto-Celtic *kʷezdis. Compare Welsh peth, Breton pez, Irish cuid. pronunciation
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  1. A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
  2. A single item belonging to a class of similar items: as, for example, a piece of machinery, a piece of software.
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  3. (chess) One of the figure used in playing chess, specifically a higher-value figure as distinguished from a pawn; by extension, a similar counter etc. in other game.
    • 1959, Hans Kmoch, Pawn Power in Chess, I: Pawns, unlike pieces, move only in one direction: forward.
  4. A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency. a sixpenny piece
  5. An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc. exampleShe played two beautiful pieces on the piano.
  6. An artillery gun.
  7. (US, Canada, colloquial) (short for hairpiece); a toupee or wig, usually when worn by a man. exampleThe announcer is wearing a new piece.
  8. (Scotland, Ireland, UK dialectal, US dialectal) A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 46: My grannie came and gived them all a piece and jam and cups of water then I was to bring them back out to the street and play a game.
  9. (US, colloquial) A gun. exampleHe's packin' a piece!
  10. (US, colloquial, vulgar) A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail exampleI got a piece at lunchtime.
  11. (US, colloquial, mildly, vulgar) (short for "piece of crap") a shoddy or worthless object, usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances. exampleUgh, my new computer is such a piece. I'm taking it back to the store tomorrow.
  12. (US, slang) A cannabis pipe.
  13. (baseball) Used to describe a pitch that has been hit but not well, usually either being caught by the opposing team or going foul. Usually used in the past tense with got, and never used in the plural. examplehe got a piece of that one;  she got a piece of the ball…and it's going foul.
  14. (dated, sometimes, derogatory) An individual; a person.
    • Sir Philip Sidney If I had not been a piece of a logician before I came to him.
    • Shakespeare Thy mother was a piece of virtue.
    • Coleridge His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world.
  15. (obsolete) A castle; a fortified building. {{rfquotek}}
  16. (US) A pacifier.
Synonyms: See also , See also When used as a baseball term, the term is idiomatic in that the baseball is almost never broken into pieces. It is rare in modern baseball for the cover of a baseball to even partially tear loose. In professional baseball, several new, not previously played baseballs are used in each game. It could be argued that the phrase was never meant (not even metaphorically) to refer to breaking the ball into pieces, and that "get a piece of the ball" means the bat contacts only a small area of the ball - in other words, that the ball is hit off-center. In that case "get" would mean "succeed in hitting", not "obtain".
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  1. (transitive, usually, with together) To assemble (something real or figurative). These clues allowed us to piece together the solution to the mystery.
    • Fuller His adversaries … pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him.
  2. To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; often with out. to piece a garment {{rfquotek}}
  3. (slang) To produce a work of graffiti more complex than a tag.
    • 2009, Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground (page 40) It is incorrect to say that toys tag and masters piece; toys just do bad tags, bad throw-ups, and bad pieces.
    • 2009, Scape Martinez, GRAFF: The Art & Technique of Graffiti (page 124) It is often used to collect other writer's tags, and future plans for bombing and piecing.
piece of ass Alternative forms: piece of tail
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  1. (US, idiomatic, colloquial, vulgar) An act of intercourse, especially a one night stand.
  2. (US, idiomatic, colloquial, vulgar) A very attractive woman, when considered as a sex object.
  3. (rare, LGBT, idiomatic, colloquial, vulgar) A male prostitute.
piece of crap
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  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) alternative form of piece of shit
piece of crumpet
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  1. (slang) A very sexually desirable woman. She's a piece of crumpet, that one.
Synonyms: bit of crumpet
piece of meat
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  1. (slang) The penis.
piece of one
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) A chance to find out something interesting about someone. The paparazzi followed the famous actor everywhere - they all wanted a piece of him.
  2. (idiomatic, informal) A chance to fight with someone. You want a piece of me? Go ahead and take your best shot!
piece of paper
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  1. A single sheet or scrap of paper.
  2. (derogatory) A marriage certificate.
The Jonas Brothers stress that they will never have sex until they have a piece of paper.
piece of piss
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  1. (coarse, British, NZ, slang) Something easy to achieve. rollerblading is a piece of piss if you know how to roller-skate.
Synonyms: cinch, piece of cake

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