[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pikeblenny,
  2. piked dogfish,
  3. pikelet,
  4. pikeman,
  5. pikeperch,
  6. pikes peak,
  7. pikestaff,
  8. pikesville,
  9. pikey,
  10. piking

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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/ (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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Word Origin and History for piker



"miserly person," 1872, formerly "poor migrant to California" (1860), earlier pike (1854), perhaps originally "vagrant who wanders the pike (n.1)" (which is the notion in Sussex dialectal piker "vagrant, tramp, gypsy," 1838), but Barnhart, OED and others suggest the American English word ultimately is a reference to people from Pike County, Missouri.

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