- a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way.
- a stingy, tight-fisted person; tightwad.
- a person who gambles, speculates, etc., in a small, cautious way.
Origin of piker
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Examples from the Web for piker
Siebold, who really was no piker, was slipping on his gloves and having them laced up.Radio Boys Loyalty
No wonder you don't want to stop for any of this piker stuff.It Pays to Smile
Nina Wilcox Putnam
"That was a piker's trick—listening in on me, Dick," he remonstrated half-impatiently.Pirates' Hope
"I called for a sport and drew a piker," Jim Searles retorted.
He thinks he's been a piker and that you and I are his first-assistant pikers.
- Australian a wild bullock
- Australian and NZ a useless person; failure
- US, Australian and NZ a lazy person; shirker
- a mean person
Word Origin and History for piker
"miserly person," 1872, formerly "poor migrant to California" (1860), earlier pike (1854), perhaps originally "vagrant who wanders the pike (n.1)" (which is the notion in Sussex dialectal piker "vagrant, tramp, gypsy," 1838), but Barnhart, OED and others suggest the American English word ultimately is a reference to people from Pike County, Missouri.