- any bird of the family Columbidae, having a compact body and short legs, especially the larger species with square or rounded tails.Compare dove1(def 1).
- a domesticated member of this family, as one of the varieties of the rock dove.
- a young, usually attractive, girl.
- a person who is easily fooled or cheated; dupe.
- Poker Slang. a card, acquired in the draw, that greatly improves a hand or makes it a winner.
Origin of pigeon1
- (not in technical use) pidgin; pidgin English.
Related Wordsunarmed, helpless, unprotected, doormat, dupe, puppet, stooge, patsy, pawn, lackey, victim, mark, martyr, fatality, casualty, sufferer, fowl, duck, chicken, geese
Examples from the Web for pigeon
One of the first stories I ever did for The Times Magazine was about pigeon control “Pigeon Wars.”Mississippi Hippos, Teddy Bears, and Other Strange Beasts
July 25, 2014
For her inaugural menu, she planned crayfish with mayonnaise, pigeon with peas, and an apple brioche flambéed in rum.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Another notable region is nicknamed “Pigeon Valley” for the thousands of bird nesting holes dug into the pliable rock.The Secret Life of Cappadocia: Underground in the Turkish Rock Formations
August 22, 2013
The Queen, who has a pigeon loft with about 250 birds, is patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA).PETA Calls On Queen To Abandon Pigeon Racing
April 2, 2013
The Saudis were salivating for North American birds, and Mr. Galbraith's Pigeon King enterprise would satisfy the hunger.Why Smart People Are Dumb
February 11, 2010
This, however, was before I had brought the Pigeon Charmer into the car.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Pies may be made of any of these birds in the same manner as a pigeon pie.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
She is not so infallible a markswoman, but that she might shoot at a crow and kill a pigeon.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
Do you follow gently, and if there be a pigeon in the pot in all Germany.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The figure represents the back of the pigeon; and the direction of the knife is in the line c, b, by a, if done the last way.
- any of numerous birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order ColumbiformesSee rock dove
- slang a victim or dupe
- British informal concern or responsibility (often in the phrase it's his, her, etc, pigeon)
Word Origin and History for pigeon
late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), from Old French pigeon "young dove" (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pibionem, dissimilation from Late Latin pipionem (nominative pipio) "squab, young chirping bird" (3c.), from pipire "to peep, chirp," of imitative origin. Meaning "one easily duped" is from 1590s. Replaced culver (Old English culufre, from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin columbula) and native dove.
Idioms and Phrases with pigeon
see clay pigeon; stool pigeon.