pigeonhole

[ pij-uhn-hohl ]
/ ˈpɪdʒ ənˌhoʊl /
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noun

verb (used with object), pi·geon·holed, pi·geon·hol·ing.


Nearby words

  1. pigeon timer,
  2. pigeon-hearted,
  3. pigeon-hole,
  4. pigeon-livered,
  5. pigeon-toed,
  6. pigeonite,
  7. pigeonwing,
  8. pigface,
  9. pigfish,
  10. piggery

Origin of pigeonhole

First recorded in 1570–80; pigeon1 + hole

SYNONYMS FOR pigeonhole
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British Dictionary definitions for pigeon-hole

pigeonhole

/ (ˈpɪdʒɪnˌhəʊl) /

noun

a small compartment for papers, letters, etc, as in a bureau
a hole or recess in a dovecote for pigeons to nest in
informal a category or classification

verb (tr)

to put aside or defer
to classify or categorize, esp in a rigid manner
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Word Origin and History for pigeon-hole

pigeon-hole

n.
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