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[pim-puh l] /ˈpɪm pəl/
noun, Pathology.
a small, usually inflammatory swelling or elevation of the skin; papule or pustule.
Origin of pimple
1350-1400; Middle English, nasalized variant of Old English *pypel (whence pyplian to break out in pimples) < Latin papula pimple Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pimple
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  • He examines and refreshes his complexion by it, and is more dejected at a pimple than if it were a cancer.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • You've got a pimple there, and you jerked your head just as I was going over it.

  • When he reached the summit, Brines was struck with amazement on seeing the phial borne like a pimple on the nose of the mountain.

    Devil Stories Various
  • He was alarmed lest a minute pimple on his chin should develop into a chancre.

  • Rosa T. he calls a "pimple Complex" because she has two or three pimples.

    A Young Girl's Diary An Anonymous Young Girl
  • If a boil is observed in the pimple stage, it may be scotched and killed.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • Smith screwed his face and squeezed a pimple on his throat; Steelman absently counted the flies on the wall.

    Over the Sliprails Henry Lawson
  • He is raised and swells, like a pimple, to be an eyesore and deform the place he holds.

British Dictionary definitions for pimple


a small round usually inflamed swelling of the skin
any of the bumps on the surface of a table tennis bat
Derived Forms
pimpled, adjective
pimply, adjective
pimpliness, noun
Word Origin
C14: related to Old English pipilian to break out in spots; compare Latin papula pimple
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Word Origin and History for pimple

late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old English pipligende "having shingles;" also cf. Latin papula, papilla (see pap (n.2)). As a verb from c.1600. Related: Pimples.

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pimple in Medicine

pimple pim·ple (pĭm'pəl)
A small red swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne.

pim'pled or pim'ply adj.
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Slang definitions & phrases for pimple



The head (1818+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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