pied piper

pied piper
noun Usage: often capitalized both Ps Etymology: the Pied Piper, hero of a German folktale who charmed the rats of Hameln, Germany, into a river Date: 1925 1. one that offers strong but delusive enticement 2. a leader who makes irresponsible promises 3. a charismatic person who attracts followers

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  • Pied Piper — Pied Pip|er n 1.) the Pied Piper (of Hamelin) the main character in an old story about a man who got rid of all the rats from the town of Hamelin in Germany, by playing his ↑flute and making the rats follow him into the river and ↑drown in it.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pied Piper — n. 1. Gmc. Legend a musician who rids Hamelin of its rats by leading them with his piping to the river, where they drown: in revenge for not being paid, he pipes the village children to a mountain, where they disappear: in full Pied Piper of… …   English World dictionary

  • Pied Piper — Pied′ Pip′er n. 1) myt the hero of a German folk legend, popularized in The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842) by Robert Browning, who charms the city s rats into a river with his magical pipe playing 2) (sometimes l.c.) a person who induces others to… …   From formal English to slang

  • pied piper — noun count someone who other people follow or support but who may harm or leave them disappointed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Pied Piper — noun the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning • Syn: ↑Pied Piper of Hamelin • Instance Hypernyms: ↑fictional character, ↑fictitious character, ↑character * * * ˌPied ˈPiper 7 [Pied Piper …   Useful english dictionary

  • pied piper — noun a leader who entices people to follow (especially to their doom) • Hypernyms: ↑leader * * * ˌPied ˈPiper 7 [Pied Piper] noun a person who persuades a lot of other people to follow them or do sth with them • …   Useful english dictionary

  • pied piper — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms pied piper : singular pied piper plural pied pipers someone who other people follow or support but who may harm them or leave them disappointed • Etymology: From the name of the main person in the traditional… …   English dictionary

  • Pied Piper — /paɪd ˈpaɪpə/ (say puyd puypuh) noun 1. Also, Pied Piper of Hamelin. the hero of a German legend, popularised in English in 1842 by Robert Browning; the piper cleared the town of rats by luring them away with this music and later similarly lured… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pied piper — Darstellung des Rattenfängers von Hameln in einer Kopie einer Glasmalerei in Marktkirche zu Hameln (Reisechronik des Augustin von Moersperg 1592, aquarell) Der Rattenfänger von Hameln ist eine der bekanntesten deutschen Sagen. Sie wurde in mehr… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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