English edit

Etymology 1 edit

Unknown; perhaps a variant of pest, pox.

Noun edit

pize (countable and uncountable, plural pizes)

  1. (Britain, regional, archaic) Used in various imprecatory expressions: a pest, a pox. [from 17th c.]
    • 1695, [William] Congreve, Love for Love: A Comedy. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC, Act V, scene ii, page 77:
      Pize on 'em, they never think beforehand of any thing;—and if they commit Matrimony, 'tis as they commit Murder; out of a Frolick: And are ready to hang themſelves, or to be hang'd by the Law, the next Morning.— []
    • 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, “He is Visited by Pallet; Contracts an Intimacy with a New Market Nobleman; and is by the Knowing Ones Taken in”, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to IV), London: Harrison and Co., [], →OCLC, page 338, column 1:
      Ah! a pize upon it! Dick, after all, was the man.
    • 1818, James Ford, editor, The Suffolk Garland: Or, A Collection of Poems, Songs, Tales, Ballads:
      Dame, what makes your ducks to die? / What the pize ails 'em? What the pize ails 'em?

Etymology 2 edit

Verb edit

pize (third-person singular simple present pizes, present participle pizing, simple past and past participle pized)

  1. (transitive, dialect, Yorkshire) To strike or hit (a person).

Czech edit

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit


  1. dative/locative singular of piha

Wutunhua edit

Etymology edit

From Mandarin 皮子 (pízi).

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit


  1. skin
  2. leather
    gu-jhege pize quandi quan-di-li=a?
    Do they wear leather clothes?
    (Quoted in Sandman, p. 96)

References edit

  • Erika Sandman (2016) A Grammar of Wutun[1], University of Helsinki (PhD), →ISBN