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1. A cautious gambler.
2. A person regarded as petty or stingy.
[Possibly from Piker, a poor migrant to California, after Pike County in eastern Missouri.]
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1. (Animals) Austral a wild bullock
2. Austral and NZ a useless person; failure
3. US and Austral and NZ a lazy person; shirker
4. a mean person
[C19: perhaps related to pike3]
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1. a person who does anything in a contemptibly small or cheap way.
2. a person who gambles or speculates in a cautious way.
[1275–1325; Middle English: petty thief =pik(en) to pick1 + -er -er1; compare dial. (N England, Scots, Hiberno-E) pike to pick1]
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noun (Aust. & N.Z. slang) slacker, shirker, skiver (Brit. slang), loafer, layabout, idler, passenger, do-nothing, dodger, good-for-nothing, bludger (Austral. & N.Z. informal), gold brick (U.S. slang), scrimshanker (Brit. Military slang) He works so hard he makes the rest of us look like pikers.
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piker[ˈpaɪkəʳ] N (US) (= stingy person) → agarrado/a m/f, roñoso/a m/f; (= unimportant person) → pelagatos mf inv; (= coward) → gallina mf
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