[ pahy-ker ]
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  1. a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way.

  2. a stingy, tight-fisted person; tightwad.

  1. a person who gambles, speculates, etc., in a small, cautious way.

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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How to use piker in a sentence

  • Siebold, who really was no piker, was slipping on his gloves and having them laced up.

    Radio Boys Loyalty | Wayne Whipple
  • There never was a piker in the Cottle family, was there, Wes?

    Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • The fat man got mad, the piker, and knocked me as flat as a pancake!

    Under Handicap | Jackson Gregory
  • The old piker is trying to figure, with silver as low as it is, whether he's ahead or behind on the deal!

    Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • He ain't none of your piker kind that runs past a drug store like the soda-fountain was after him.

    Just Around the Corner | Fannie Hurst

British Dictionary definitions for piker


/ (ˈpaɪkə) /

  1. Australian a wild bullock

  2. Australian and NZ a useless person; failure

  1. US, Australian and NZ a lazy person; shirker

  2. a mean person

Origin of piker

C19: perhaps related to pike ³

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