piker

piker

[pahy-ker]
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; Middle English: petty thief, equivalent to pik(en) to pick1 + -er1; compare dial. (N England, Scots, Hiberno-English) pike to pick1


2. cheapskate, penny pincher, skinflint.
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piker (ˈpaɪkə)
 
n
1.  (Austral) a wild bullock
2.  (Austral), (NZ) a useless person; failure
3.  (US), (Austral), (NZ) a lazy person; shirker
4.  a mean person
 
[C19: perhaps related to pike³]

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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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piker definition

[ˈpɑɪkɚ]
  1. n.
    a miser; a cheapskate. (Also a term of address.) : A 5 percent tip? You piker!
  2. n.
    a lazy person; a shirker. : Come on, you lazy piker. There's plenty left for you to do.
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