pill

1
[ pil ]
/ pɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to form into small, pill-like balls, as the fuzz on a wool sweater.Compare depill.

Nearby words

  1. piliferous,
  2. piliform,
  3. pilikia,
  4. piling,
  5. pilipino,
  6. pill beetle,
  7. pill bug,
  8. pill popper,
  9. pill pusher,
  10. pill-rolling

Idioms

    Take a chill pill! Disparaging Slang. chill pill(def 2).

Origin of pill

1
1375–1425; late Middle English pille < Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pilleLatin pilula, diminutive of pila ball; see -ule

pill

2
[ pil ]
/ pɪl /

verb (used with or without object)

British Dialect. to peel.
Obsolete. to become or cause to become bald.

Origin of pill

2
before 1100; Middle English pilen, Old English pilian to skin, peel < Latin pilāre to strip (said of hair). See pile3

pill

3
[ pil ]
/ pɪl /

verb (used with object) Archaic.

to rob, plunder, or pillage.

Origin of pill

3
1150–1200; Middle English; probably conflation of pill2 with Middle French piller (see pillage)

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British Dictionary definitions for pill

pill

1
/ (pɪl) /

noun

verb

See also pills

Word Origin for pill

C15: from Middle Flemish pille, from Latin pilula a little ball, from pila ball

verb

archaic, or dialect to peel or skin (something)
archaic to pillage or plunder (a place)
obsolete to make or become bald

Word Origin for pill

Old English pilian, from Latin pilāre to strip

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Word Origin and History for pill
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Medicine definitions for pill

pill

[ pĭl ]

n.

A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
An oral contraceptive.

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Idioms and Phrases with pill

pill

see bitter pill to swallow; sugar the pill.

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