- a bag or case made of cloth that is filled with feathers, down, or other soft material, and is used to cushion the head during sleep or rest.
- anything used to cushion the head; headrest: a pillow of moss.
- Also called lace pillow. a hard cushion or pad that supports the pattern and threads in the making of bobbin lace.
- a supporting piece or part, as the block on which the inner end of a bowsprit rests.
- to rest on or as on a pillow.
- to support with pillows.
- to serve as a pillow for: She pillowed the child with her body.
- to rest as on a pillow.
Origin of pillow
Examples from the Web for pillow
The forums and message boards all cite “waking up to loose strands on your pillow” as a real indicator of significant hair loss.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One
October 14, 2014
I moved my head one inch off the pillow to find out which it was, and something growled.The Stacks: Pete Dexter on What It’s Like to Lose the Knack of Having Fun
September 20, 2014
We were about to go to sleep, but I decided to tease him about his weird habit of having the pillow a certain way on the bed.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
Her pillow talk with Coulson when they were lovers for six years had never included mention of it.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
About nine pages in, I moved a pillow between the book and the extra parts of my stomach.Inside the Cult of CrossFit
May 30, 2014
Her lips quivered, and a big tear rolled down on the pillow.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
He turned on his pillow and glanced towards the dressing-table.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Philip shook his head, and, displeased with his companion, sought his pillow.Night and Morning, Complete
And that was because a hand was being slipped cautiously, inch by inch, under my pillow.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Colonel Woodville lowered his head upon the pillow and laughed softly.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- a cloth case stuffed with feathers, foam rubber, etc, used to support the head, esp during sleep
- Also called: cushion a padded cushion or board on which pillow lace is made
- anything like a pillow in shape or function
- to rest (one's head) on or as if on a pillow
- to serve as a pillow for
Word Origin and History for pillow
Middle English pilwe, from Old English pyle "pillow," from West Germanic *pulwi(n) (cf. Old Saxon puli, Middle Dutch polu, Dutch peluw, Old High German pfuliwi, German Pfühl), an early borrowing (2c. or 3c.) from Latin pulvinus "little cushion, small pillow," of uncertain origin. Modern spelling is from mid-15c. Pillow fight (n.) attested from 1837; slang pillow talk (n.) first recorded 1939.
1620s, from pillow (n.). Related: Pillowed; pillowing.