- the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter P or p, as in pet, supper, top, etc.
- something having the shape of a P.
- a written or printed representation of the letter P or p.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter P or p.
- Music. softly.
Origin of p1
- penny; pence.
- Chemistry. para-1(def 2).
- Military. (in designations of fighter aircraft) pursuit: P-38.
Origin of p.1
- Music. softly.
Origin of p.2
Origin of p.3
Origin of P.1
- Paul (Jo·hann von) [poul yoh-hahn fuh n] /paʊl ˈyoʊ hɑn fən/, 1830–1914, German playwright, novelist, poet, and short-story writer: Nobel Prize 1910.
- the 17th letter of the Greek alphabet (P, ρ).
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of rho
Related Words for paverage, common, commonplace, conventional, cut-and-dried, dull, fair, familiar, formulaic, garden, generic, habitual, homespun, household, humble, indifferent, inferior, mean, mediocre, modest
Examples from the Web for p
Contemporary Examples of p
R. Kelly expands on his love of the female body in “Marry the P**sy,” in which he serenades well, you know.
From the first verse, it is clear he is not actually talking about eating Oreos: “Then I beat the p**sy ‘til it’s blue.”
Pound even started dating his letters from 1922 as “p s U,” for post scriptum Ulysses.Best Year Ever: How 1922 Birthed Modernism
September 14, 2013
“[P]rosecutors would have to determine in which county conception had occurred before charges could be filed,” says NPR.Mississippi’s Governor Has Some Bad Ideas
June 7, 2013
In the local lingo, Xiaojiong is a “T” (tomboy), and Xiaopu is a “P” (feminine-style).China’s Fake Gay Marriages
April 19, 2013
Historical Examples of p
Stop for us at the Laurels, about eleven, or p'r'aps I'll stroll over and get you.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We'll land that stake; an' p'raps the sharp division'll take a tumble.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I tell you p'intedly you cyarnt nevah b'lieve what you heahs.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
He can't marry Miss P——, nor yet her fortune, nor ever shall!Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
All this you was on the p'int of losin' through bein' slow on your feet.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
- the 16th letter and 12th consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a voiceless bilabial stop, as in pig
- mind one's p's and q's to be careful to behave correctly and use polite or suitable language
- (in Britain) penny or pence
- music piano: an instruction to play quietly
- chem phosphorus
- (on road signs) parking
- chess pawn
- (the former) peseta
- Portugal (international car registration)
- pharmacy only: used to label medicines that can be obtained without a prescription, but only at a shop at which there is a pharmacist
- short for para- 1 (def. 6)
- plural pp page
Word Origin for p.
- the 17th letter in the Greek alphabet (Ρ, ρ), a consonant transliterated as r or rh
Word Origin and History for p
a rare letter in the initial position in Germanic, in part because by Grimm's Law PIE p- became Germanic f-; even with the early Latin borrowings in Old English, -p- takes up a little over 4 pages in J.R. Clark Hall's "Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary," compared to 31 pages for B and more than 36 for F. But it now is the third-most-common initial letter in the English vocabulary, and with C and S comprises nearly a third of the dictionary, a testimony to the flood of words that have entered the language since 1066 from Latin, Greek, and French.
To mind one's Ps and Qs (1779), possibly is from confusion of these letters among children learning to write. Another theory traces it to old-time tavern-keepers tracking their patrons' bar tabs in pints and quarts. But cf. also to be P and Q (1610s), "to be excellent," a slang phrase said to derive from prime quality.
- The symbol for the elementphosphorus
- The 17th letter of the Greek alphabet.
- The symbol for parity.
- The symbol for phosphorus.
- The symbol for power.
- The symbol for pressure.
- A highly reactive, poisonous nonmetallic element occurring naturally in phosphates, especially in the mineral apatite. It exists in white (or sometimes yellow), red, and black forms, and is an essential component of protoplasm. Phosphorus is used to make matches, fireworks, and fertilizers and to protect metal surfaces from corrosion. Atomic number 15; atomic weight 30.9738; melting point (white) 44.1°C; boiling point 280°C; specific gravity (white) 1.82; valence 3, 5. See Periodic Table.
Idioms and Phrases with p
see mind one's p's and q's.