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pye

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun, Ecclesiastical
1.
pie4 .
Origin of pye
1530-1540
1530-40

pie4

or pye

[pahy] /paɪ/
noun
1.
(in England before the Reformation) a book of ecclesiastical rules for finding the particulars of the service for the day.
Origin
1470-80; translation of Latin pīca pie2; the allusion is obscure; cf. pica1
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Examples from the Web for pye
Historical Examples
  • Hamish controlled his emotion better than did the Rev. Mr. pye.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Holgate ceased talking, and pye removed his cigarette hastily.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • "I did not remember you had a daughter, Mrs. pye," said Edward Houstoun, as she disappeared.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • "I am going to tell you something which you know," I said, addressing pye.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • And next morning I got a glimpse in the streets of pye, so that Holgate was, barring the second officer, master of the yacht.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • This, too, was pye's excuse for silence, and it was obviously adequate.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • Subtle (a beggar who knew something about alchemy) was discovered by Face near pye Corner.

  • I explained to her the situation, and added that pye would be placed on guard.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • pye, the Poet Laureate of that day, in an elaborate preface to a secular ode, argued the point very keenly.

  • I wondered, as I had wondered about pye, how long she had been there, and if she had heard.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
British Dictionary definitions for pye

pye

/paɪ/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of pie5

pie1

/paɪ/
noun
1.
a baked food consisting of a sweet or savoury filling in a pastry-lined dish, often covered with a pastry crust
2.
have a finger in the pie
  1. to have an interest in or take part in some activity
  2. to meddle or interfere
3.
pie in the sky, illusory hope or promise of some future good; false optimism
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin

pie2

/paɪ/
noun
1.
an archaic or dialect name for magpie
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin pīca magpie; related to Latin pīcus woodpecker

pie3

/paɪ/
noun, verb
1.
(printing) a variant spelling of pi2

pie4

/paɪ/
noun
1.
a very small former Indian coin worth one third of a pice
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi pā'ī, from Sanskrit pādikā a fourth

pie5

/paɪ/
noun
1.
(history) a book for finding the Church service for any particular day
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin pica almanac; see pica1

pie6

/paɪ/
adjective
1.
(NZ, informal) be pie on, to be keen on
Word Origin
from Māori pai ana
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Word Origin and History for pye

pie

n.

"pastry," mid-14c. (probably older; piehus "bakery" is attested from late 12c.), from Medieval Latin pie "meat or fish enclosed in pastry" (c.1300), perhaps related to Medieval Latin pia "pie, pastry," also possibly connected with pica "magpie" (see pie (n.2)) on notion of the bird's habit of collecting miscellaneous objects. Figurative of "something to be shared out" by 1967.

According to OED, not known outside English, except Gaelic pighe, which is from English. In the Middle Ages, a pie had many ingredients, a pastry but one. Fruit pies began to appear c.1600. Figurative sense of "something easy" is from 1889. Pie-eyed "drunk" is from 1904. Phrase pie in the sky is 1911, from Joe Hill's Wobbly parody of hymns. Pieman is not attested earlier than the nursery rhyme "Simple Simon" (c.1820). Pie chart is from 1922.

"magpie," mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pie (13c.), from Latin pica "magpie" (see magpie). In 16c., a wily pie was a "cunning person."

also pi, printers' slang for "a mass of type jumbled together" (also pi, pye), 1650s, perhaps from pie (n.1) on notion of a "medley," or pie (n.2); cf. pica (n.1). As a verb from 1870. Related: Pied.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pye

pie

noun

An easy task or job; gravy: That's pie for him (1889+)

Related Terms

apple-pie order, cutesy-poo, cutie-pie, easy as pie, fur pie, hair pie, sweetie-pie

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Related Abbreviations for pye

PIE

Proto-Indo-European
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Idioms and Phrases with pye

pie

In addition to the idiom beginning with
pie
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