pinup

or pin-up

[ pin-uhp ]
/ ˈpɪnˌʌp /

noun

a large photograph, as of a sexually attractive person, suitable for pinning on a wall.
a person in such a photograph.
a device or fixture that is fastened to a wall, as a lamp.

adjective

of, relating to, or appearing in a pinup: a pinup girl.
designed or suitable for hanging or fastening on a wall: a pinup lamp.

Origin of pinup

1670–80 for general senses; 1940–45 as photograph of a pretty woman; noun, adj. use of pin up

Definition for pin-up (2 of 2)

Origin of pin

before 1100; (noun) Middle English pinne, Old English pinn “peg”; cognate with Dutch pin, German Pinne, Old Norse pinni; perhaps frrom Latin pinna “feather, quill” (see pinna); (verb) Middle English pinnen, derivative of the noun

Related forms

re·pin, verb (used with object), re·pinned, re·pin·ning.
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British Dictionary definitions for pin-up (1 of 3)

pin-up


noun

informal
  1. a picture of a sexually attractive person, esp when partially or totally undressed
  2. (as modifier)a pin-up magazine
slang a person who has appeared in such a picture
a photograph of a famous personality
(modifier) US designed to be hung from a walla pin-up lamp

British Dictionary definitions for pin-up (2 of 3)

PIN

/ (pɪn) /

n acronym for

personal identification number: a number used by a holder of a cash card or credit card used in EFTPOS

British Dictionary definitions for pin-up (3 of 3)

pin

/ (pɪn) /

noun

verb pins, pinning or pinned (tr)

See also pin down

Word Origin for pin

Old English pinn; related to Old High German pfinn, Old Norse pinni nail
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Medicine definitions for pin-up

pin

[ pĭn ]

n.

A thin rod for securing the ends of fractured bones.
A peg for fixing the crown to the root of a tooth.

v.

To fasten or secure with a pin or pins.
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Idioms and Phrases with pin-up

pin


In addition to the idioms beginning with pin

  • pin back one's ears
  • pin down
  • pin money
  • pin on
  • pin one's heart on
  • pin one's hopes on
  • pin someone's ears back

also see:

  • hear a pin drop
  • on pins and needles
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