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.

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Idioms for pill

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

Origin of pill

1
First recorded in 1375–1425; Middle English pille, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pille, Old French pile, from Latin pilula “little ball, globule, pellet,” diminutive of pila “ball”; see -ule

Definition for pill (2 of 3)

pill2
[ pil ]
/ pɪl /

verb (used with or without object)

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

Origin of pill

2
First recorded before 1100; Middle English pilen “to rob, steal, plunder,” Old English pilian “to skin, peel,” from Latin pilāre “to pluck, remove (hair or feathers)” see pile3

Definition for pill (3 of 3)

pill3
[ pil ]
/ pɪl /

verb (used with object) Archaic.

to rob, plunder, or pillage.

Origin of pill

3
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English pile(n), pille(n), pilie(n), probably conflation of pill2 with Middle French piller, peler (see pillage)
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British Dictionary definitions for pill (1 of 2)

pill1
/ (pɪl) /

noun

verb

See also pills

Word Origin for pill

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

British Dictionary definitions for pill (2 of 2)

pill2
/ (pɪl) /

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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Medical 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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