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British Dictionary definitions for pikey

pikey

noun British slang, derogatory
  1. a gypsy or vagrant
  2. a member of the underclass

Word Origin

perhaps from turnpike
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Examples from the Web for pikey

Historical Examples

  • When people met him in Vancouver, they would say, "How goes it, Pikey?"

    Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.

    J.G. Millais

  • We are busted out, my poor Pikey—we are to fortune and to fame unknown.