See also: Pigeon

EnglishEdit

 
a pigeon (Columba guinea)

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English pygeoun, pygyne, pegyon, from Old French pijon, pyjon, from Late Latin pīpiōnem (chirping bird), accusative singular of Latin pīpiō (chirping bird), from pīpiō (to chirp).

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NounEdit

pigeon (countable and uncountable, plural pigeons)

  1. One of several birds of the family Columbidae, which consists of more than 300 species.
    Synonyms: columbid, culver, dove
  2. (uncountable) The meat from this bird.
  3. (Canada, US, informal) A person who is a target or victim of a confidence game.
    Synonyms: dupe, fish, sucker; see also Thesaurus:dupe
  4. (countable, politics) A pacifist, appeaser, an isolationist, a dove.
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VerbEdit

pigeon (third-person singular simple present pigeons, present participle pigeoning, simple past and past participle pigeoned)

  1. (transitive) To deceive with a confidence game.

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Etymology 2Edit

From pidgin English, from a Chinese Pidgin English pronunciation of English business during trade in the Far East. See pidgin.

NounEdit

pigeon (countable and uncountable, plural pigeons)

  1. (archaic, idiomatic, Britain, informal) Concern or responsibility.
    It's his/her pigeon.
ReferencesEdit
  • (concern or responsibility): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary (described as Anglo-Chinese)

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French pyjon, from Late Latin pīpiōnem (chirping bird), accusative singular of pīpiō (chirping bird), from pīpiō (to chirp).

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NounEdit

pigeon m (plural pigeons, feminine pigeonne)

  1. pigeon
    Synonyms: colombe, columbidé
  2. (colloquial) patsy (an easily trickable, naive person)

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NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French pyjon, from Late Latin pīpiōnem (chirping bird), accusative singular of Latin pīpiō (chirping bird), from pīpiō (to chirp).

NounEdit

pigeon m (plural pigeons)

  1. (Jersey) pigeon

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