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1. Something given as security for a loan; a pledge or guaranty.
2. The condition of being held as a pledge against the payment of a loan: jewels in pawn.
3. A person serving as security; a hostage.
4. The act of pawning.
tr.v. pawned, pawn·ing, pawnsPhrasal Verb:
1. To give or deposit (personal property) as security for the payment of money borrowed.
2. To risk; hazard: pawn one's honor.
To dispose or get rid of deceptively: tried to pawn off the fake gemstone as a diamond.
[Middle English paun, from Old French pan, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German pfant.]
pawn′er (pô′nər), paw′nor′ (-nôr′) n.
1. Abbr. P Games A chess piece of lowest value that may move forward one square at a time or two squares in the first move, capture other pieces only on a one-space diagonal forward move, and be promoted to any piece other than a king upon reaching the eighth rank.
2. A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another: an underdeveloped nation that was a pawn in international politics.
a person who pawns their possessions