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pi·geon 1

 (pĭj′ən)
n.
1. Any of various birds of the widely distributed family Columbidae, characteristically having plump bodies, small heads, and short legs, especially the rock pigeon or any of its domesticated varieties.
2. Slang One who is easily swindled; a dupe.

[Middle English, from Old French pijon, probably from Vulgar Latin *pībiō, pībiōn-, alteration of Late Latin pīpiō, young chirping bird, squab, from pīpīre, to chirp.]

pi·geon 2

 (pĭj′ən)
n.
An object of special concern; an affair or matter.

[Alteration of pidgin.]

pigeon

(ˈpɪdʒɪn)
n
1. (Animals) any of numerous birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes. See rock dove
2. slang a victim or dupe
[C14: from Old French pijon young dove, from Late Latin pīpiō young bird, from pīpīre to chirp]

pigeon

(ˈpɪdʒɪn)
n
informal Brit concern or responsibility (often in the phrase it's his, her, etc, pigeon)
[C19: altered from pidgin]

pi•geon

(ˈpɪdʒ ən)

n.
1. any bird of the family Columbidae, having a plump body and small head, esp. the larger species with square or rounded tails. Compare dove 1 (def. 1) .
2. Slang.
a. a girl or young woman.
b. a person who is easily fooled or cheated.
[1350–1400; Middle English pejon young dove < Middle French pijon < Late Latin pīpiōnem, acc. of pīpiō squab, akin to pīpīre, pīpāre to chirp]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigeon - wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legspigeon - wild and domesticated birds having a heavy body and short legs
columbiform bird - a cosmopolitan order of land birds having small heads and short legs with four unwebbed toes
Columbidae, family Columbidae - doves and pigeons
pouter pigeon, pouter - one of a breed of pigeon that enlarge their crop until their breast is puffed out
dove - any of numerous small pigeons
Columba livia, rock dove, rock pigeon - pale grey Eurasian pigeon having black-striped wings from which most domestic species are descended
bandtail, band-tail pigeon, band-tailed pigeon, Columba fasciata - wild pigeon of western North America; often mistaken for the now extinct passenger pigeon
Columba palumbus, cushat, wood pigeon, ringdove - Eurasian pigeon with white patches on wings and neck
domestic pigeon - domesticated pigeon raised for sport or food
squab - an unfledged pigeon
Ectopistes migratorius, passenger pigeon - gregarious North American migratory pigeon now extinct

pigeon

noun
1. squab, bird, dove, culver (archaic) A pigeon settled on the window-sill.
Related words
young squab
collective nouns flock, flight

pigeon

noun
Slang. A person who is easily deceived or victimized:
Informal: sucker.
Chiefly British: mug.
Translations
حَمَامَةحَمامَه
гълъб
holub
due
kolombo
tuvi
kyyhkykyyhkynenpulu
תסיל
golubgolubica
galamb
dúfa
비둘기
columbacolumbus
karvelisskyrelisšleivasbalandis
balodis
porumbel
holub
golob
golubgolubicaголубголубица
duva
hua
นกพิราบ
голуб
chim bồ câu

pigeon

[ˈpɪdʒən]
A. N
1. (gen) → paloma f; (as food) → pichón m
see also clay B
2. that's his pigeonallá él
it's not my pigeoneso no tiene que ver conmigo
B. CPD pigeon fancier Ncolombófilo/a m/f
pigeon fancying Ncolombofilia f
pigeon house, pigeon loft Npalomar m
pigeon post Ncorreo m de palomas
by pigeon postpor paloma mensajera
pigeon shooting Ntiro m de pichón

pigeon

[ˈpɪdʒɪn] npigeon mpigeon-hole pigeonhole [ˈpɪdʒɪnhəʊl]
n (for letters, documents)casier m
to put sb in a pigeon-hole → cataloguer qn
vt [+ person] → cataloguer
to be pigeonholed as sth → être catalogué comme qchpigeon loft npigeonnier mpigeon-toed [ˌpɪdʒɪnˈtəʊd] adj
to be pigeon-toed → avoir les pieds tournés en dedanspig farm nporcherie fpig farmer néleveur/euse m/f de porcs

pigeon

n
Taube f
(inf) that’s not my pigeondas ist nicht mein Bier (inf)

pigeon

:
pigeon breast
n (Brit Med) → Hühnerbrust f
pigeon-breasted
adj (Brit Med) → hühnerbrüstig
pigeon fancier
nTaubenzüchter(in) m(f)
pigeon-hearted
adjfeige, ängstlich
pigeonhole
n (in desk etc) → Fach nt; to put people in pigeons (fig)Menschen (in Kategorien) einordnen, Leute abstempeln
vt (lit)(in Fächer) einordnen; (fig: = categorize) → einordnen, ein- or aufteilen
pigeon house, pigeon loft
nTaubenschlag m
pigeon-livered
adjängstlich, feige
pigeon post
nBrieftaubenpost f
pigeon-toed
adj, advmit einwärtsgerichteten Fußspitzen; he is/walks pigeoner geht über den großen Onkel (inf)

pigeon

[ˈpɪdʒən] npiccione m
that's your pigeon (fig) → sono affari tuoi

pigeon

(ˈpidʒən) noun
any of several kinds of bird of the dove family.
ˈpigeon-hole noun
a small compartment for letters, papers etc in a desk etc or eg hung on the wall of an office, staffroom etc. He has separate pigeon-holes for bills, for receipts, for letters from friends and so on.
ˌpigeon-ˈtoed adjective
(of a person or his manner of walking) with toes turned inwards. a pigeon-toed person/walk.

pigeon

حَمَامَة holub due Taube περιστέρι palomo kyyhkynen pigeon golub piccione 비둘기 duif due gołąb pombo голубь duva นกพิราบ güvercin chim bồ câu 鸽子
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There was no sounding such a spirit, no measuring, no determining of metes and bounds, nor neatly classifying in some pigeon-hole with others of similar type.
We could hear him rummaging in his pigeon-hole of a cabin.
I really thought that I was safe this time, for could I not see the drawers with their brass handles, the charming shelf for books, the pigeon-holes with their coverings of silk?
The house of his rival was quite open to view; a garden exposed to the sun; cabinets with glass walls, shelves, cupboards, boxes, and ticketed pigeon-holes, which could easily be surveyed by the telescope.
Some she tied together with little morsels of string; some she placed under paper-weights; some she deposited in the fantastic pigeon-holes of a little Japanese cabinet--working with a placid enjoyment of her own orderly occupation, and perfectly unaware, to all outward appearance, that any second person was in the room.
Wixie," shouted one, seizing on the methodical, active, little dark-eyed woman, who was busy stowing away the linen of the boys who had already arrived into their several pigeon-holes, "here we are again, you see, as jolly as ever.
Among the pigeon-holes that hold the bottles, are pieces of plate-glass and coloured paper, for there is, in some sort, a taste for decoration, even here.
Secretaire, you see, and abstruse set of solid mahogany pigeon-holes, one for every letter of the alphabet.
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