- to diminish gradually and stop; dwindle to nothing: The hot water always peters out in the middle of my shower.
- to tire; exhaust (usually used as a past participle): I'm petered out after that walk.
Origin of peter1
Origin of peter2
- a signal for an echo.
Origin of peter3
- Also called Simon Peter. died a.d. 67?, one of the 12 apostles and the reputed author of two of the Epistles.
- either of these two Epistles in the New Testament, I Peter or II Peter.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter P.
- a male given name.
Origin of Peter
- the Great, 1672–1725, czar of Russia 1682–1725.
- Peter Karageorgevich, 1844–1921, king of Serbia 1903–21.
- 1923–70, king of Yugoslavia 1934–45.
- 1728–62, czar of Russia 1762 (husband of Catherine II; father of Paul I).
Related Words for peterebb, wane, curb, degenerate, check, decline, droop, decay, ease, rebate, fade, waste, shrink, slash, slump, sink, lower, drain, taper, drop
Examples from the Web for peter
Contemporary Examples of peter
At Christianity Today, Peter Chin claims Christians should preach peace instead of bogging down in the particulars of race.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
It might feel fresh to see Peter Parker juggling with adult issues.
Another angle Robinov suggests as a possibility for Peter Parker/Spider-Man is a franchise reboot tackling Spidey as… an adult.
By doing that, Bratton has said publicly, he expects that eventually the protests will “peter out on their own.”Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
Peter inquires, apparently inquiring if the cop is a good shot.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of peter
Uncle Peter stood in a flood of light at the door of his room.
"There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.
In the simpler phrasing of Uncle Peter Bines, he will "cut loose."
But Uncle Peter had already put in some hard winters, and was not wanting in fortitude.
He was busy almost half an hour, while Uncle Peter smoked in silence.
- (intr; foll by out or away) to fall (off) in volume, intensity, etc, and finally ceasethe cash petered out in three months
Word Origin for peter
- to play a high card before a low one in a suit, usually a conventional signal of a doubleton holding or of strength in that suit
- the act of petering
Word Origin for peter
- a safe, till, or cash box
- a prison cell
- the witness box in a courtroom
- mainly US a slang word for penis
Word Origin for peter
- Saint. Also called: Simon Peter. died ?67 ad, a fisherman of Bethsaida, who became leader of the apostles and is regarded by Roman Catholics as the first pope; probably martyred at Rome. Feast day: June 29 or Jan 18
- either of two epistles traditionally ascribed to Peter (in full The First Epistle and The Second Epistle of Peter)
- known as Peter the Great. 1672–1725, tsar of Russia (1682–1725), who assumed sole power in 1689. He introduced many reforms in government, technology, and the western European ideas. He also acquired new territories for Russia in the Baltic and founded the new capital of St Petersburg (1703)
- 1728–62, grandson of Peter I and tsar of Russia (1762): deposed in a coup d'état led by his wife (later Catherine II); assassinated
masc. proper name, 12c., from Old English Petrus (genitive Pet(e)res, dative Pet(e)re), from Latin Petrus, from Greek Petros, literally "stone, rock," translation of Syriac kefa "stone" (Latinized as Cephas), nickname Jesus gave to apostle Simon Bar-Jona (Matt. xvi:17), historically known as St. Peter, and consequently a popular name among Christians (e.g. Italian Pietro, Spanish and Portuguese Pedro, Old French Pierres, French Pierre, etc.). Slang for "penis" is attested from 1902, probably from identity of first syllable.
The common form of this very common name in medieval England was Peres (Anglo-French Piers), hence surnames Pierce, Pearson, etc. Among the diminutive forms were Parkin and Perkin. To rob Peter to pay Paul (1510s, also in early 17c. French as descouvrir S. Pierre pour couvrir S. Pol) might be a reference to the many churches dedicated to those two saints, and have sprung from the fairly common practice of building or enriching one church with the ruins or revenues of another. But the alliterative pairing of the two names is attested from c.1400 with no obvious connection to the saints:
Sum medicyne is for peter þat is not good for poul, for þe diuersite of complexioun. [Lanfranc's "Chirurgia Magna," English translation]
"cease, stop," 1812, of uncertain origin. To peter out "become exhausted," is 1846 as miners' slang. Related: Petered; petering.
Chief among the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, he was a fisherman, originally named Simon (and often called Simon Peter). Jesus gave him the name Rock, of which “Peter” is a translation. Peter showed great faith but also exhibited great failings (see Get thee behind me, Satan). In the frightening hours before the Crucifixion, Peter three times denied being a follower of Jesus, just as Jesus had predicted he would. Nevertheless, Peter went on to become the leader of the early Christians (see also Christian) (see Pentecost), thus fulfilling another prophecy of Jesus, who had said of Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church.... And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”