The fat man got mad, the piker, and knocked me as flat as a pancake!
Siebold, who really was no piker, was slipping on his gloves and having them laced up.
No wonder you don't want to stop for any of this piker stuff.
"I called for a sport and drew a piker," Jim Searles retorted.
He ain't none of your piker kind that runs past a drug store like the soda-fountain was after him.
He thinks he's been a piker and that you and I are his first-assistant pikers.
It is not run for them, nor for the "piker," nor for the needy clerk, but for the furious spenders.
"That shell was fired to-day," said the 'piker,' authoritatively.
"That was a piker's trick—listening in on me, Dick," he remonstrated half-impatiently.
She threw a small revolver at the 'piker,' who picked it up.
"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.
[originally a vagrant, esp a gambler, who wandered along the pike; hence a poor sport, a cheapskate]