piker

[ pahy-ker ]
/ ˈpaɪ kər /

noun Informal.

a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way.
a stingy, tight-fisted person; tightwad.
a person who gambles, speculates, etc., in a small, cautious way.

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Origin of piker

1275–1325; Middle English: petty thief, equivalent to pik(en) to pick1 + -er1; compare dial. (N England, Scots, Hiberno-English ) pike to pick1
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British Dictionary definitions for piker

piker
/ (ˈpaɪkə) /

noun slang

Australian a wild bullock
Australian and NZ a useless person; failure
US, Australian and NZ a lazy person; shirker
a mean person

Word Origin for piker

C19: perhaps related to pike ³
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