pie

1
[ pahy ]
/ paɪ /

noun

a baked food having a filling of fruit, meat, pudding, etc., prepared in a pastry-lined pan or dish and often topped with a pastry crust: apple pie; meat pie.
a layer cake with a filling of custard, cream jelly, or the like: chocolate cream pie.
a total or whole that can be divided: They want a bigger part of the profit pie.
an activity or affair: He has his finger in the political pie too.

Idioms for pie

Origin of pie

1
1275–1325; Middle English, of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM pie

pie·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for easy as pie (1 of 6)

pie1
/ (paɪ) /

noun

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
  1. to have an interest in or take part in some activity
  2. to meddle or interfere
pie in the sky illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism

Word Origin for pie

C14: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for easy as pie (2 of 6)

pie2
/ (paɪ) /

noun

an archaic or dialect name for magpie

Word Origin for pie

C13: via Old French from Latin pīca magpie; related to Latin pīcus woodpecker

British Dictionary definitions for easy as pie (3 of 6)

pie3
/ (paɪ) /

noun, verb

printing a variant spelling of pi 2

British Dictionary definitions for easy as pie (4 of 6)

pie4
/ (paɪ) /

noun

a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice

Word Origin for pie

C19: from Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā a fourth

British Dictionary definitions for easy as pie (5 of 6)

pie5

pye

/ (paɪ) /

noun

history a book for finding the Church service for any particular day

Word Origin for pie

C15: from Medieval Latin pica almanac; see pica 1

British Dictionary definitions for easy as pie (6 of 6)

pie6
/ (paɪ) /

adjective

be pie on NZ informal to be keen on

Word Origin for pie

from Māori pai ana
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Idioms and Phrases with easy as pie (1 of 2)

easy as pie

Also, easy as falling or rolling off a log. Capable of being accomplished with no difficulty, as in This crossword puzzle is easy as pie. The first term presumably alludes to consuming pie (since making pie requires both effort and expertise). The variants most likely allude to standing on a log that is moving downstream, a feat in which falling off is a lot easier than remaining upright. Mark Twain had it in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889): “I could do it as easy as rolling off a log.” The first colloquial term dates from the early 1900s, the colloquial variants from the 1830s. For a synonym, see piece of cake.

Idioms and Phrases with easy as pie (2 of 2)

pie

In addition to the idiom beginning with pie

  • pie in the sky

also see:

  • apple-pie order
  • easy as pie
  • eat crow (humble pie)
  • finger in the pie
  • slice of the pie
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