verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pill1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of pill2
verb (used with object) Archaic.
Origin of pill3
Related Words for pillsmedicine, tablet, dose, lozenge, pellet, bolus, troche, pain, trial, drag, pest, nuisance, bore, pilule
Examples from the Web for pills
Contemporary Examples of pills
Rather than downing a handful of pills, I planned to take my life by opening a vein in each wrist.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Ten minutes after taking the pills, she reports that she “was really stoned, I mean, smashed.”I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
Death by pills or lethal injection might be unnatural, but she believes that declining nourishment and medications is not.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
November 17, 2014
The next thing I recall is that the doctor gave me pills in my bedroom.The Honeymoon Murder Trial of British Millionaire Shrien Dewani Begins
October 7, 2014
Also, at the time of his deposition Thicke had been off of pills for two months, because his wife left him in February.Hey, Hey, Hey Robin Thicke Was Too Vicodin Wasted to Really Write ‘Blurred Lines’
September 16, 2014
Historical Examples of pills
It was enclosed in a pasteboard box, and, when packed, looked just like the parcel of pills.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Shortly afterward Laotzse also came to him to tell about the theft of the pills of life.
He poured out the contents of the gourds, and ate up all the pills of life.
This ape has eaten the peaches, has drunk the nectar and also swallowed the pills of life.
He wanted to take a couple of his pills but not in front of Dorwin.Reel Life Films
Samuel Kimball Merwin
- to form into small balls
- (of a fabric) to form small balls of fibre on its surface through rubbing
Word Origin for pill
Word Origin for pill
"small ball or round mass of medicine," c.1400, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille and Middle French pile, all from Latin pilula "pill," literally "little ball," diminutive of pila "a ball, playing ball," said to be related to pilus "hair" if the original notion was "hairball." Figurative sense "something disagreeable that must be swallowed" is from 1540s; slang meaning "boring person" is recorded from 1871. The pill "contraceptive pill" is from 1957.
1736, "to dose on pills," from pill (n.). From 1882 as "to form into pills." Related: Pilled; pilling.
see bitter pill to swallow; sugar the pill.