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piker Line breaks: piker
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪkə/

Definition of piker in English:


1North American A gambler who makes only small bets.
Example sentences
  • He had a temperament too generous for his occupation as our county's leading piker (my mother insisted to her clients he was a speculator, not a gambler).
1.1A mean or cautious person.
2Australian /NZ A person who withdraws from a plan, commitment, etc.
Example sentences
  • There were a number of pikers to the dinner, including Mrs Lefty, who was stuck at work doing reports until about 9.30 pm.
  • It seems rather apropos that everyone else found it too much hassle to enter - pikers!
  • In terms of brutality, systematic repression, number of killings, relish for torture and sum total of human misery caused, he was a piker next to that tyrant.


Late 19th century: from pike5.

Words that rhyme with piker

balalaika, biker, duiker, Formica, hiker, mica, pica, pika, striker
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