[ pim-puh l ]
/ ˈpɪm pəl /

noun Pathology.

a small, usually inflammatory swelling or elevation of the skin; papule or pustule.

Origin of pimple

1350–1400; Middle English, nasalized variant of Old English *pypel (whence pyplian to break out in pimples) < Latin papula pimple
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British Dictionary definitions for pimple


/ (ˈpɪmpəl) /


a small round usually inflamed swelling of the skin
any of the bumps on the surface of a table tennis bat
Derived Formspimpled, adjectivepimply, adjectivepimpliness, noun

Word Origin for pimple

C14: related to Old English pipilian to break out in spots; compare Latin papula pimple
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Word Origin and History for pimple



late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old English pipligende "having shingles;" also cf. Latin papula, papilla (see pap (n.2)). As a verb from c.1600. Related: Pimples.

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Medicine definitions for pimple


[ pĭmpəl ]


A small red swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne.
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Idioms and Phrases with pimple


see goose pimples.

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