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piker

[pahy-ker] /ˈpaɪ kər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way.
2.
a stingy, tight-fisted person; tightwad.
3.
a person who gambles, speculates, etc., in a small, cautious way.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English: petty thief, equivalent to pik(en) to pick1 + -er1; compare dial. (N England, Scots, Hiberno-English) pike to pick1
Synonyms
2. cheapskate, penny pincher, skinflint.
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British Dictionary definitions for piker

piker

/ˈpaɪkə/
noun (slang)
1.
(Austral) a wild bullock
2.
(Austral & NZ) a useless person; failure
3.
(US & Austral, NZ) a lazy person; shirker
4.
a mean person
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to pike³
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Word Origin and History for piker
piker
"miserly person," 1872, formerly "poor migrant to California" (1860), earlier pike (1854), perhaps originally "vagrant who wanders the pike (1)" (which is the notion in Sussex dial. piker "vagrant, tramp, gypsy," 1838), but Barnhart and others say the Amer.Eng. word ultimately is a reference to people from Pike County, Missouri.
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Slang definitions & phrases for piker

piker

noun
  1. A mean and stingy person; miser; tightwad (1872+)
  2. A shirker; loafer (1889+)

[originally a vagrant, esp a gambler, who wandered along the pike; hence a poor sport, a cheapskate]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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