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pip·er

 (pī′pər)
n.
1. One who plays the bagpipe.
2. One who plays on a pipe.

piper

(ˈpaɪpə)
n
1. (Music, other) a person who plays a pipe or bagpipes
2. pay the piper and call the tune to bear the cost of an undertaking and control it

Piper

(ˈpaɪpə)
n
(Biography) John. 1903–92, British artist. An official war artist in World War II, he is known esp for his watercolours of bombed churches and his stained glass in Coventry Cathedral

pip•er

(ˈpaɪ pər)

n.
1. a person who plays on a pipe.
2. a bagpiper.
Idioms:
pay the piper,
a. to pay the cost of something.
b. to bear the unfavorable consequences of one's actions or indulgences.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English pīpere]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piper - someone who plays the bagpipepiper - someone who plays the bagpipe  
instrumentalist, musician, player - someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
pipe major - the chief piper in a band of bagpipes
2.Piper - type genus of the Piperaceae: large genus of chiefly climbing tropical shrubs
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
family Piperaceae, pepper family, Piperaceae - tropical woody vines and herbaceous plants having aromatic herbage and minute flowers in spikelets
pepper vine, true pepper - any of various shrubby vines of the genus Piper
black pepper, common pepper, Madagascar pepper, pepper, Piper nigrum, white pepper - climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam
long pepper, Piper longum - slender tropical climber of the eastern Himalayas
betel, betel pepper, Piper betel - Asian pepper plant whose dried leaves are chewed with betel nut (seed of the betel palm) by southeast Asians
cubeb vine, Java pepper, Piper cubeba, cubeb - tropical southeast Asian shrubby vine bearing spicy berrylike fruits
Translations
زَمّار
dudákpištec
fløjtespillersækkepibespiller
dudás
sekkjapípuleikar
gajdoškto hrá na píšťale
gaydacıkavalcı

piper

[ˈpaɪpəʳ] N (on bagpipes) → gaitero/a m/f
he who pays the piper calls the tunequien paga, manda

piper

[ˈpaɪpər] n
(= flute player) → joueur/euse m/f de pipeau
(= bagpipe player) → joueur/euse m/f de cornemuse
he who pays the piper calls the tune → qui paie les violons choisit la musiquepipe rack nrâtelier m à pipes.pipe smoker nfumeur m de pipepipe tobacco ntabac m à pipe

piper

nFlötenspieler(in) m(f); (on fife) → Pfeifer(in) m(f); (on bagpipes) → Dudelsackpfeifer(in) m(f); to pay the piper (fig)die Kosten tragen, für die Kosten aufkommen; he who pays the piper calls the tune (Prov) → wer bezahlt, darf auch bestimmen

piper

[ˈpaɪpəʳ] n (on bagpipes) → suonatore/trice di cornamusa

pipe

(paip) noun
1. a tube, usually made of metal, earthenware etc, through which water, gas etc can flow. a water pipe; a drainpipe.
2. a small tube with a bowl at one end, in which tobacco is smoked. He smokes a pipe; (also adjective) pipe tobacco.
3. a musical instrument consisting of a hollow wooden, metal etc tube through which the player blows or causes air to be blown in order to make a sound. He played a tune on a bamboo pipe; an organ pipe.
verb
1. to convey gas, water etc by a pipe. Water is piped to the town from the reservoir.
2. to play (music) on a pipe or pipes. He piped a tune.
3. to speak in a high voice, make a high-pitched sound. `Hallo,' the little girl piped.
ˈpiper noun
a person who plays a pipe or pipes, especially the bagpipes.
pipes noun plural
bagpipes or some similar instrument. He plays the pipes.
ˈpiping noun
1. the act of playing a musical pipe or pipes.
2. (the act or process of conveying water, gas etc by means of) a length of pipe or number of pipes. lead piping; Piping the oil ashore will not be easy.
adjective
(of a sound) high-pitched. a piping voice.
pipe dream
an idea which can only be imagined, and which would be impossible to carry out. For most people a journey round the world is only a pipe dream.
ˈpipeline noun
a long line of pipes used for conveying oil, gas, water etc. an oil pipeline across the desert.
piping hot
very hot. piping hot soup.
References in classic literature ?
It had been the spring, it will be remembered, that had prompted them to go on pilgrimage; and me, too, the spring was filling with strange, undefinable longings, and though I flattered myself that I had set out in pursuance of a definitely taken resolve, I had really no more freedom in the matter than the children who followed at the heels of the mad piper.
Dolittle seems to extend his hand from the page and grasp that of his reader, and I can see him going down the centuries a kind of Pied Piper with thousands of children at his heels.
Nor I either, uncle,'' said Wamba; ``I greatly fear we shall have to pay the piper.
Then there is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, how first he piped the rats away, and afterward, when the mayor broke faith with him, drew all the children along with him and went into the mountain.
Piper in consequence for an unpleasantness originating in young Perkins' having "fetched" young Piper "a crack," renews her friendly intercourse on this auspicious occasion.
Like the rats who followed the piper, heads instantly appeared in the doorway.
Turning to the Kid, he said, "It is just what I deserve; for I, who am only a butcher, should not have turned piper to please you.
Steve vanished, and, sooner than the boys imagined Dandy could get himself up, the skirl of the bag-pipe was heard in the hall, and the bonny piper came to lead Clan Campbell to the revel.
Removing the weeds, putting fresh soil about the bean stems, and encouraging this weed which I had sown, making the yellow soil express its summer thought in bean leaves and blossoms rather than in wormwood and piper and millet grass, making the earth say beans instead of grass -- this was my daily work.
As in the governing precedence of Peter Piper, alleged to have picked the peck of pickled pepper, it was held physically desirable to have evidence of the existence of the peck of pickled pepper which Peter Piper was alleged to have picked; so, in this case, it was held psychologically important to know why Miss Landless's brother threw a bottle, knife, or fork-or bottle, knife, AND fork-- for the cook had been given to understand it was all three--at Mr.
They had a little conchological cabinet, and a little metallurgical cabinet, and a little mineralogical cabinet; and the specimens were all arranged and labelled, and the bits of stone and ore looked as though they might have been broken from the parent substances by those tremendously hard instruments their own names; and, to paraphrase the idle legend of Peter Piper, who had never found his way into their nursery, If the greedy little Gradgrinds grasped at more than this, what was it for good gracious goodness' sake, that the greedy little Gradgrinds grasped it!
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, where's the peck," &c.