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pi·geon·hole

 (pĭj′ən-hōl′)
n.
1. A small compartment or recess, as in a desk, for holding papers; a cubbyhole.
2. A specific, often oversimplified category.
3. The small hole or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting.
tr.v. pi·geon·holed, pi·geon·hol·ing, pi·geon·holes
1. To place or file in a small compartment or recess.
2. To classify mentally; categorize.
3. To put aside and ignore; shelve.

pigeonhole

(ˈpɪdʒɪnˌhəʊl)
n
1. (Furniture) a small compartment for papers, letters, etc, as in a bureau
2. (Animals) a hole or recess in a dovecote for pigeons to nest in
3. informal a category or classification
vb (tr)
4. to put aside or defer
5. to classify or categorize, esp in a rigid manner

pi•geon•hole

(ˈpɪdʒ ənˌhoʊl)

n., v. -holed, -hol•ing. n.
1. one of a series of small, open compartments in a desk, cabinet, or the like, used for filing papers, letters, etc.
2. a hole or recess, or one of a series of recesses, for pigeons to nest in.
v.t.
3. to assign to a definite place in an orderly system.
4. to put aside for the present; defer.
5. to place in or as if in a pigeonhole.
[1570–80]

pigeonhole


Past participle: pigeonholed
Gerund: pigeonholing

Imperative
pigeonhole
pigeonhole
Present
I pigeonhole
you pigeonhole
he/she/it pigeonholes
we pigeonhole
you pigeonhole
they pigeonhole
Preterite
I pigeonholed
you pigeonholed
he/she/it pigeonholed
we pigeonholed
you pigeonholed
they pigeonholed
Present Continuous
I am pigeonholing
you are pigeonholing
he/she/it is pigeonholing
we are pigeonholing
you are pigeonholing
they are pigeonholing
Present Perfect
I have pigeonholed
you have pigeonholed
he/she/it has pigeonholed
we have pigeonholed
you have pigeonholed
they have pigeonholed
Past Continuous
I was pigeonholing
you were pigeonholing
he/she/it was pigeonholing
we were pigeonholing
you were pigeonholing
they were pigeonholing
Past Perfect
I had pigeonholed
you had pigeonholed
he/she/it had pigeonholed
we had pigeonholed
you had pigeonholed
they had pigeonholed
Future
I will pigeonhole
you will pigeonhole
he/she/it will pigeonhole
we will pigeonhole
you will pigeonhole
they will pigeonhole
Future Perfect
I will have pigeonholed
you will have pigeonholed
he/she/it will have pigeonholed
we will have pigeonholed
you will have pigeonholed
they will have pigeonholed
Future Continuous
I will be pigeonholing
you will be pigeonholing
he/she/it will be pigeonholing
we will be pigeonholing
you will be pigeonholing
they will be pigeonholing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pigeonholing
you have been pigeonholing
he/she/it has been pigeonholing
we have been pigeonholing
you have been pigeonholing
they have been pigeonholing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pigeonholing
you will have been pigeonholing
he/she/it will have been pigeonholing
we will have been pigeonholing
you will have been pigeonholing
they will have been pigeonholing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pigeonholing
you had been pigeonholing
he/she/it had been pigeonholing
we had been pigeonholing
you had been pigeonholing
they had been pigeonholing
Conditional
I would pigeonhole
you would pigeonhole
he/she/it would pigeonhole
we would pigeonhole
you would pigeonhole
they would pigeonhole
Past Conditional
I would have pigeonholed
you would have pigeonholed
he/she/it would have pigeonholed
we would have pigeonholed
you would have pigeonholed
they would have pigeonholed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigeonhole - a specific (often simplistic) category
category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
2.pigeonhole - a small compartment
compartment - a space into which an area is subdivided
Verb1.pigeonhole - place into a small compartment
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
2.pigeonhole - treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European"
class, classify, sort out, assort, sort, separate - arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

pigeonhole

noun
1. compartment, niche, locker, cubicle, cubbyhole There was a message waiting for me in the hotel pigeonhole.
2. (Informal) classification, class, category, slot (informal) Most musicians are keen to avoid being put in a pigeonhole.
verb
1. classify, label, characterize, categorize, catalogue, codify, compartmentalize, ghettoize I don't want to be pigeonholed as a kids' presenter.

pigeonhole

verb
1. To distribute into groups according to kinds:
2. To assign to a class or classes:
Translations

pigeonhole

[ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl]
A. Ncasilla f; (= set of pigeonholes) → casillero m, casillas fpl
B. VT (= classify) → encasillar, clasificar; (= store away) → archivar; (= shelve) → dar carpetazo a

pigeonhole

[ˈpɪdʒənˌhəʊl]
1. n (also) (fig) → casella
2. vt (fig) → etichettare, catalogare
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