[ pil-gahr-lik ]
/ pɪlˈgɑr lɪk /


a person regarded with mild or pretended contempt or pity.
Obsolete. a baldheaded man.

Origin of pilgarlic

1520–30; earlier pyllyd garleke literally, peeled garlic, orig. metaphor for a bald man, whose head is compared to a peeled garlic bulb. See pill2, garlic

Related forms

pil·gar·lick·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pilgarlic


/ (pɪlˈɡɑːlɪk) /


obsolete a bald head or a man with a bald head
dialect a pitiable person

Word Origin for pilgarlic

C16: literally: peeled garlic
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