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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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Joe is working over at the `pigeon house'--that's the name Ellen gives it, because it's so small and looks like a pigeon house--and some one has to do this.
A pigeon, alone on a low branch, allowed Pearl to come beneath, and uttered a sound as much of greeting as alarm.
Along with these fragments were portions of waistcoats, hats, hobnailed shoes, and other clothing; a wing of a pigeon, with black feathers; a fragment of an alpenstock; a tin lantern; and lastly, a boiled leg of mutton, the only flesh among all the remains that exhaled an unpleasant odor.
On the ground-floor is Peggotty's kitchen, opening into a back yard; with a pigeon-house on a pole, in the centre, without any pigeons in it; a great dog- kennel in a corner, without any dog; and a quantity of fowls that look terribly tall to me, walking about, in a menacing and ferocious manner.
To be sure, it was a deserted place, down to the pigeon-house in the brewery-yard, which had been blown crooked on its pole by some high wind, and would have made the pigeons think themselves at sea, if there had been any pigeons there to be rocked by it.
And did she not make a knight of me by gently asking if I would be so kind as to carve the chicken, and how she laughed quite disproportionally at my school-boy story of the man who, being asked to carve a pigeon, said he thought they had better send for a wood-carver, as it seemed to be a wood pigeon.
So a big pigeon pie was brought in and put on a sidetable, and I made a hearty supper, for I was as hungry as a hawk, while Mr.
They said Kelso got some rascally adventurer, some Belgian brute, to insult his son-in-law in public--paid him, sir, to do it, paid him-- and that the fellow spitted his man as if he had been a pigeon.
She had just succeeded in curving it down into a graceful zigzag, and was going to dive in among the leaves, which she found to be nothing but the tops of the trees under which she had been wandering, when a sharp hiss made her draw back in a hurry: a large pigeon had flown into her face, and was beating her violently with its wings.
An olla of rather more beef than mutton, a salad on most nights, scraps on Saturdays, lentils on Fridays, and a pigeon or so extra on Sundays, made away with three-quarters of his income.
As one confides a letter to the hollow of a tree, to the wing of a pigeon, to the collar of a dog.
Achilles next offered a prize of iron for archery--ten double-edged axes and ten with single edges: he set up a ship's mast, some way off upon the sands, and with a fine string tied a pigeon to it by the foot; this was what they were to aim at.