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  1. a large photograph, as of a sexually attractive person, suitable for pinning on a wall.

  2. a person in such a photograph.

  1. a device or fixture that is fastened to a wall, as a lamp.

  1. of, relating to, or appearing in a pinup: a pinup girl.

  2. 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

Words Nearby pinup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pinup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pin-up


  1. informal

    • a picture of a sexually attractive person, esp when partially or totally undressed

    • (as modifier): a pin-up magazine

  2. slang a person who has appeared in such a picture

  1. a photograph of a famous personality

  2. (modifier) US designed to be hung from a wall: a pin-up lamp

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