piker
noun Etymology: pike to play cautiously, of unknown origin Date: circa 1889 1. one who gambles or speculates with small amounts of money 2. one who does things in a small way; also tightwad, cheapskate

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  • Piker — may refer to:*Miranda Piker, a character cut from the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl before publicationPiker may also be: *Cheapskate *Skinflint *Penny pincher *Vagrantee also*Pike (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • piker — (n.) miserly person, 1872, formerly poor migrant to California (1860), earlier pike (1854), perhaps originally vagrant who wanders the PIKE (Cf. pike) (n.1) (which is the notion in Sussex dialectal piker vagrant, tramp, gypsy, 1838), but Barnhart …   Etymology dictionary

  • piker — index bettor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • piker — [pīk′ər] n. ☆ [orig., prob. one from Pike County, Missouri, then applied to Missourians generally: reason for later uses obscure] Slang a person who does things in a petty or niggardly way; esp. one who gambles or speculates in an overly cautious …   English World dictionary

  • píker — kra o prid. (í) ki kaže nenaklonjen, nedobrohoten odnos zlasti z govorjenjem: piker človek; včasih je malo pikra / piker dovtip; njegov odgovor je bil precej piker; pikre, zbadljive besede ● knjiž., redko popiti kozarec pikrega terana trpkega… …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • piker — [“paika* ] 1. n. a miser; a cheapskate. (Also a term of address.) □ You cheap little piker! Beat it! DA 5 percent tip? You piker! 2. n. a lazy person; a shirker. □ All right, you pikers. Pick up your shovels and get back to work. □ C …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • piker — noun a) someone who bets or gambles only with small amounts of money Whatever else this cupcake might be up to, she was no piker. For everything the Qs ordered, she added on more of the same b) a stingy person; a cheapskate Mate, dont be a piker! …   Wiktionary

  • piker — I n Cheapskate. That piker wouldn t pay more than $5 for a meal. 1870s II n A cheapskate. The piker always makes me pay for the gas. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • piker — A stock brocker who does not meet his monthly quota or does bare minmum to get by. An individual who has no monetary worth or cuts corners trying to save money. Matt. who cleans pools part time to make ends meet, is known as a piker to his more… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • piker — A stock brocker who does not meet his monthly quota or does bare minmum to get by. An individual who has no monetary worth or cuts corners trying to save money. Matt. who cleans pools part time to make ends meet, is known as a piker to his more… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • piker — n American a mean, tightfisted person; a welcher on a bet or a shirker. A now obsolescent word, related distantly to the British pikey, or from an abbreviation of turn pike , piker occurred in the writings of Raymond Chandler in the 1940s. It… …   Contemporary slang

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