noun Pathology.
a small, usually inflammatory swelling or elevation of the skin; papule or pustule.

1350–1400; Middle English, nasalized variant of Old English *pypel (whence pyplian to break out in pimples) < Latin papula pimple

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pimple (ˈpɪmpəl)
1.  a small round usually inflamed swelling of the skin
2.  any of the bumps on the surface of a table tennis bat
[C14: related to Old English pipilian to break out in spots; compare Latin papula pimple]

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c.1400, of unknown origin, perhaps related to O.E. pipligende "having shingles."
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Medical Dictionary

pimple pim·ple (pĭm'pəl)
A small red swelling of the skin, usually caused by acne.

pim'pled or pim'ply adj.
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Idioms & Phrases


see goose pimples.

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Example sentences
But then it begins to move and open its eyes, and goose bumps pimple my skin.
Ringworm of the scalp typically begins as a small pimple which expands with
  time, leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness.
Ringworm of the scalp usually begins as a small pimple which becomes larger in
  size leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness.
The small reddish pimple will appear within twelve hours.
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