See also: Pill and píll

EnglishEdit

 
Assorted pills

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɪl/, [pʰɪɫ]
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  • Rhymes: -ɪl

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

pill (plural pills)

  1. A small, usually round or cylindrical object designed for easy swallowing, usually containing some sort of medication.
    • 1864, Benjamin Ellis, The Medical Formulary [1]
      Take two pills every hour in the apyrexia of intermittent fever, until eight are taken.
  2. (informal, uncountable, definite, i.e. used with "the") Contraceptive medication, usually in the form of a pill to be taken by a woman; an oral contraceptive pill.
    Jane went on the pill when she left for college.
    She got pregnant one month after going off the pill.
  3. Something offensive, unpleasant or nauseous which must be accepted or endured.
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part I, III [Uniform ed., p. 45]:
      "It's a sad unpalatable truth," said Mr. Pembroke, thinking that the despondency might be personal, "but one must accept it. My sister and Gerald, I am thankful to say, have accepted it, so naturally it has been a little pill."
  4. (slang) A contemptible, annoying, or unpleasant person.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter IV:
      You see, he's egging Phyllis on to marry Wilbert Cream. [...] And when a man like that eggs, something has to give, especially when the girl's a pill like Phyllis, who always does what Daddy tells her.
    • 2000, Susan Isaacs, Shining Through [2]
      Instead, I saw a woman in her mid-fifties, who was a real pill; while all the others had managed a decent “So pleased,” or even a plain “Hello,” Ginger just inclined her head, as if she was doing a Queen Mary imitation.
  5. (slang) A comical or entertaining person.
  6. (informal) A small piece of any substance, for example a ball of fibres formed on the surface of a textile by rubbing.
    • 1999, Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True [3]
      One sleeve, threadbare and loaded with what my mother called “sweater pills,” hung halfway to the floor.
  7. (archaic, baseball slang) A baseball.
    • 1931, Canadian National Magazine
      "Strike two!" bawled the umpire. I threw the pill back to Tom with a heart which drummed above the noise of the rooters along the side lines.
    • 2002, John Klima, Pitched Battle: 35 of Baseball's Greatest Duels from the Mound [4]
      Mr. Fisher contributed to the Sox effort when he threw the pill past second baseman Rath after Felsch hit him a comebacker.
  8. (firearms, slang) A bullet (projectile).
  9. (graphical user interface) A rounded rectangle indicating the tag or category that an item belongs to.
SynonymsEdit
  • (small object for swallowing): tablet
  • (bullet): cap
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TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

pill (third-person singular simple present pills, present participle pilling, simple past and past participle pilled)

  1. (intransitive, textiles) Of a woven fabric surface, to form small matted balls of fiber.
    • 1997, Jo Sharp, Knitted Sweater Style: Inspirations in Color [5]
      During processing, inferior short fibers (which can cause pilling and itching) are removed to enhance the natural softness of the yarn and to improve its wash-and-wear performance.
  2. To form into the shape of a pill.
    Pilling is a skill rarely used by modern pharmacists.
  3. (transitive) To medicate with pills.
    She pills herself with all sorts of herbal medicines.
  4. (transitive, Internet slang) To persuade or convince someone of something.
  5. (transitive, UK, slang, dated) To blackball (a potential club member).
    • 1907, Arthur Griffiths, Clubs and Clubmen (page 260)
      “I pilled him because he is a liar,” said Thackeray. “He calls himself 'ill' when he isn't.”
TranslationsEdit
ReferencesEdit
  • (blackball): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin pilō (depilate), from pilus (hair). Doublet of peel.

VerbEdit

pill (third-person singular simple present pills, present participle pilling, simple past and past participle pilled)

  1. (obsolete) To peel; to remove the outer layer of hair, skin, or bark.
  2. To peel; to make by removing the skin.
  3. To be peeled; to peel off in flakes.
  4. (obsolete) To pillage; to despoil or impoverish.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “iiij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book XXI (in Middle English):
      So syr Lucan departed for he was greuously wounded in many places And so as he yede he sawe and herkened by the mone lyght how that pyllars and robbers were comen in to the felde To pylle and robbe many a ful noble knyghte of brochys and bedys of many a good rynge & of many a ryche Iewel / and who that were not deed al oute
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    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book 6, canto 10:
      And there by her were poured forth at fill,
      As if, this to adorne, she all the rest did pill

NounEdit

pill (plural pills)

  1. (obsolete) The peel or skin.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English *pill, *pyll, from Old English pyll (a pool, pill), from Proto-Germanic *pullijaz (small pool, ditch, creek), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *pullaz (pool, stream), from Proto-Indo-European *bl̥nos (bog, marsh). Cognate with Old English pull (pool, creek), Scots poll (slow moving stream, creek, inlet), Icelandic pollur (pond, pool, puddle). More at pool.

NounEdit

pill (plural pills)

  1. (now UK regional) An inlet on the coast; a small tidal pool or bay.

AlbanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

A form of pidh from Proto-Albanian *pizda, from Proto-Indo-European *písdeh₂ (pudenda). Cognate to Lithuanian pyzdà (pudenda) and Russian пизда (pizda, pudenda)

NounEdit

pill

  1. vagina
  2. cunt (vulgar)

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EstonianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

pill (genitive pilli, partitive pilli)

  1. (music) instrument
DeclensionEdit
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

pill (genitive pilli, partitive pilli)

  1. (medicine) pill
DeclensionEdit
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Scottish GaelicEdit

NounEdit

pill m

  1. genitive singular of peall

MutationEdit

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
pill phill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.