[ pahy-per ]

  1. a person who plays on a pipe.

  2. a bagpiper.

Idioms about piper

  1. pay the piper,

    • to pay the cost of something.

    • to bear the unfavorable consequences of one's actions or pleasures: Someday he'll have to pay the piper for all that gambling.

Origin of piper

before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīpere.See pipe1, -er1

Words Nearby piper

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How to use piper in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for piper (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpaɪpə) /

  1. a person who plays a pipe or bagpipes

  2. pay the piper and call the tune to bear the cost of an undertaking and control it

British Dictionary definitions for Piper (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpaɪpə) /

  1. John. 1903–92, British artist. An official war artist in World War II, he is known esp for his watercolours of bombed churches and his stained glass in Coventry Cathedral

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Other Idioms and Phrases with piper


see call the tune (pay the piper).

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