Definition of piker in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪkə


  • 1North American A gambler who makes only small bets.
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    • 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..
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    • 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.

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