- pawn·a·ble, adjective
- pawn·er [paw-ner], /ˈpɔ nər/, paw·nor [paw-ner, -nawr], /ˈpɔ nər, -nɔr/, noun
- un·pawned, adjective
Other definitions for pawn (2 of 2)
Chess. one of eight men of one color and of the lowest value, usually moved one square at a time vertically and capturing diagonally.
someone who is used or manipulated to further another person's purposes.
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How to use pawn in a sentence
Fou avoided becoming a pawn in cold war propaganda, but his politically charged status cannot have helped his career.Fou Ts’ong, Chinese pianist who bridged East and West, dies at 86 of covid-19 | Emily Langer | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
The stores run the gamut from publicly traded pawn companies, such as EZCorp and FirstCash, to small mom-and-pop operations.It’s easy to assume pawnshops are doing great in the pandemic. It’s also wrong. | Emily Stewart | November 30, 2020 | Vox
Many of its responsibilities were subsequently pawned off onto the military.Egypt’s Vanished: Victims of State Security Force Kidnappings? | Alastair Beach | September 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Matt and Meredith had pawned her off on Natalie Morales and the segment had run short.
With Into the Wild, I pawned off that decision on the McCandless family.
I pawned all our jewellery, and as we had a great many valuable things, I got several thousand francs.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
Lastly the pawner is liable for any deficiency after the sale of the thing pawned, unless released by statute.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
But it was necessary to pay, and in order not to ask you for money, she sold her horses and her shawls, and pawned her jewels.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
Anyway there remains the problem of who pawned the Withers emeralds and diamonds this afternoon.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
That struck me at once, remembering that the jewels were pawned in Baltimore by a man who wore a moustache.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for pawn (1 of 2)
to deposit (an article) as security for the repayment of a loan, esp from a pawnbroker
to stake: to pawn one's honour
an article deposited as security
the condition of being so deposited (esp in the phrase in pawn)
a person or thing that is held as a security, esp a hostage
the act of pawning
- pawnage, noun
British Dictionary definitions for pawn (2 of 2)
a chessman of the lowest theoretical value, limited to forward moves of one square at a time with the option of two squares on its initial move: it captures with a diagonal move only: Abbreviation: P Compare piece (def. 12)
a person, group, etc, manipulated by another
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