Origin of pye
- (in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.
Origin of pie4
Examples from the Web for pye
Hamish controlled his emotion better than did the Rev. Mr. Pye.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Holgate ceased talking, and Pye removed his cigarette hastily.
I explained to her the situation, and added that Pye would be placed on guard.
It was the treasure they looked at, and this was where Pye had concealed it.
I did not return to Pye, but went to my own cabin in an irritable condition.
- a variant spelling of pie 5
- a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
- have a finger in the pie
- to have an interest in or take part in some activity
- to meddle or interfere
- pie in the sky illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism
- an archaic or dialect name for magpie
- printing a variant spelling of pi 2
- a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice
- history a book for finding the Church service for any particular day
- be pie on NZ informal to be keen on
Word Origin and History for pye
"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.
According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.
"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."