verb (used with object), pi·geon·holed, pi·geon·hol·ing.
- pigeon timer,
Origin of pigeonhole
Examples from the Web for pigeon-hole
Then he reached over and brought down a letter from a pigeon-hole above his desk.The Long Patrol|H. A. Cody
A big, bearded Landsturm man with a kind face was at the pigeon-hole.The Man with the Clubfoot|Valentine Williams
I shan't waste time placing it; perhaps Carlton will find a pigeon-hole for it somewhere.Letters of a Dakota Divorcee|Jane Burr
Do you pigeon-hole bills and money-lenders' circulars and second-hand booksellers' catalogues and all their wrappers?Jaffery|William J. Locke
I could, from a pack of letters in one pigeon-hole, put to rout the whole theory.Around The Tea-Table|T. De Witt Talmage
also pigeonhole, 1570s, "a small recess for pigeons to nest in," from pigeon + hole (n.). Meaning "a compartment in a writing desk," etc. is from 1680s, based on resemblance. The verb is from 1840 literally; figurative sense of "label mentally" is from 1870.
[Y]ou will have an inspector after you with note-book and ink-horn, and you will be booked and pigeon-holed for further use when wanted. ["Civilisation--The Census," "Blackwood's Magazine," Oct. 1854]